TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology described Apple Inc.’s decision to remove Iranian apps from its store in alleged compliance with US economic sanctions as a testimony to Iran’s right path and success to develop local start-ups.

What the American company did lately attested to Iran’s movement in the right direction, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, the youngest minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet said.

His comments came after technology giant Apple removed all Iranian apps, including popular ones for food delivery, ride-hailing and other services, from its App Store, a move it attributed to anti-Iranian US sanctions.

In a message to Iranian developers whose apps were affected by the ban, Apple said, “Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Azari Jahromi said when an archenemy like the US places such an embargo on Iranian technologies, Iran should grow investment on domestic start-ups.

“The US never imposes sanctions on our weak points, but does on our strong points,” he added.