Considering that North Korea is constantly threatening South Korea with war and supplying Iran with Nuclear technologies, it's disturbing that not only do they not join the U.S.in sanctioning Iran, they allow Samsung to aggressively open more stores in Iran.
Among those removed Thursday was Snapp, a popular ride-sharing app similar to Uber, as well as food delivery service DelionFoods.
But developers of apps like Iran's Uber-like Snapp, which was taken down this week, were recently sent a message from Apple saying, "Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store can not host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain USA embargoed countries". "If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store".
He told the Tribune that "Immediately after receiving a notice from Apple that Dayan has been removed from App Store, I contacted OFAC". That followed by the removal in recent weeks of apps for food delivery, shopping and other services. His app was among those removed during the purge. Citing hard work, he said "No one with an iPhone can download any of the popular apps any more".
Apple takes a cut of all App Store purchases and so sales from Iranian apps could violate U.S. law.
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"Giving respect to consumer rights is a principle today which Apple has not followed", Jahromi tweeted.
"As a USA company, we remain committed to full compliance with USA export controls and sanctions", a Google spokesperson said.
In the spirit of encouraging open access to information the Obama administration went as far as to pass measures to sanction technology companies which helped Iran - where Twitter and Facebook are banned - suppress internet communication.
Pursuant to the U.S. sanctions, Apple has no official presence in Iran.
In response to Apple's action, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran's telecommunications minister, tweeted, "11 percent of the cell-phone market in Iran belongs to Apple". According to the official literature, Apple is not prohibited from hosting Iranian software products on App Store. "We will legally pursue the omission of apps", he added.