Iran bans advertisement in newspapers on US tours

22-day trip includes stops in New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Honolulu; costs some $17,000 for each person.

December 30, 2008 12:26
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An Iranian state-owned newspaper says authorities have banned newspapers from advertising trips to the United States. The Tuesday report by IRAN quotes an official in Iran's Culture Ministry, Ali Reza Karimi, as saying that the reason is that the United States is a "bullying and arrogant" power. On Saturday, one of the top three Iranian newspapers, Hamshahri, carried a rare advertisement for a 22-day trip to the United States including stops in New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Honolulu. The trip cost some $17,000 for each person. Iran and the United States have had no diplomatic relations since Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took American diplomats hostages for a little over a year.

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