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Fried chicken restaurant 'KFC' opened in Iran

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An Iranian waiter works at the KFC restaurant in the city of Karaj in the Alborz province in central Iran on Monday. The American fast food chain restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened a branch in Iran despite harsh US sanctions against Iran over that country's nuclear programmes, Iranian media reported on Feb. 25. Amir-Hossein Alizadeh, the licence holder, said it took him five years to get the permission from relevant local authorities to re-open KFC in Iran. KFC was closed in Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution, due to its affiliation with the US, the country's political arch-enemy.

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Iranian women pass in front of the KFC restaurant in the city of Karaj in the Alborz province in central Iran on Monday.

According to QSR Web, KFC denies opening a restaurant in sanctioned Iran:

KFC told the BBC's Persian Service that it plans to take legal action against individuals or companies that take advantage of the brand name in Iran. The statement also says that that the company has no plans to open a restaurant in that country.

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