Seoul: Samsung Electronics Saturday condemned an Israeli commercial featuring a Samsung tablet, expressing dismay at Iran's threat to ban its products over the apparently anti-Tehran teaser.
The South Korean electronics giant said it had not been involved in production of the TV spot, produced by Israeli cable TV channel HOT.
HOT offered Galaxy tabs as gifts to attract new viewers and the advert was part of the station's subscription campaign, Samsung said.
"We have absolutely nothing to do with this television spot," a Samsung Electronics spokesman told reporters.
The commercial was produced by HOT "without Samsung's knowledge or participation," the company said in a statement.
"It should be noted that HOT cable network utilised a GALAXY Tab in its advertisement solely as a promotional gift," Samsung said.
"As a member of the global community, Samsung is committed to demonstrating respect for all people and cultures around the globe," it added.
A senior Iranian lawmaker has said Iran's Majlis Energy Committee was considering a plan to impose a ban on Samsung products over the teaser.
The commercial features Israeli Mossad agents in a rendezvous at a cafe near what appears to be an Iranian nuclear facility.
One of the agents, passing time at a table fiddling with a Samsung tablet and showing off its features to his comrades, inadvertently pushes a button on the device, setting off an explosion at the nuclear plant.
"What? Another mysterious explosion in Iran," a comment follows.
Arsalan Fat'hipour, who heads the Majlis Energy Committee, said the commercial was insulting and that Iran's parliament was considering a ban on Samsung products.
First Published: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 17:40