04/07/2011 06:49 pm ET Updated Jun 07, 2011

IRAN: Tehran cuts ties with Louvre in dispute over Persian artifacts

Iran has cut ties with the famous Louvre museum in Paris, an official said Monday, accusing the museum of failing to live up to an agreement to exhibit Persian artifacts in its possession in Iran.

"In the cultural field, we do not accept that European countries look down on us," Hamid Baghai, who heads Tehran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, told reporters Monday, according to Agence France-Presse.

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