UANI Calls on AB Volvo to End Business in Iran

  UANI Calls on AB Volvo to End Business in Iran

     Photographic Evidence of Volvo Trucks Transporting Iranian Missiles

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 10, 2012

On Monday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Sweden-based AB Volvo
(Volvo) to end its ongoing and dangerous business in Iran.

Volvo subsidiaries Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks do extensive business in
Iran, and are disturbingly partnered with the Iranian regime-controlled entity
Saipa Diesel.

Volvo’s subsidiaries produce automobiles in Iran, sell heavy construction and
mining machinery there, and enable Iran’s military to transport weapons and
outfit naval vessels.

UANI has presented Volvo with photographic evidence of its trucks being used
by the Iranian regime to transport missiles.

AB Volvo is a separate entity from the Volvo Car Corporation, which has
certified that it does not do business in Iran.

In a letter sent to AB Volvo President and CEO Olof Persson, UANI CEO,
Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, wrote:

Volvo subsidiaries Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks are partnered with the
Iranian entity Saipa Diesel, a subsidiary of the Industrial Development and
Renovation Organization of Iran (“IDRO”). As you may know, IDRO has been
sanctioned by the U.S. and EU for its proliferation activities and ties to the
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (“IRGC”). Nevertheless, as part of its
partnership with Volvo, Saipa Diesel manufactured some 2,366 Volvo FH-series
and 632 Renault Midlum trucks in 2010 alone. In addition, Renault Truck’s
website details ongoing plans for Saipa Diesel to produce 1,800 Renault trucks
annually.

UANI is also concerned that Volvo’s business with IDRO-affiliated entities has
resulted in the transfer of dual-use technologies to the Iranian regime. For
example, the Volvo Trucks website, states that Volvo has “contributed
significantly with investments in tools and equipment” to its Iranian
partners.

Moreover, evidence of the regime’s misuse of Volvo equipment and technology by
Iranian military and security forces has been widely documented. The enclosed
photograph of a Volvo FH12-420 transporting Iranian MIM-23 surface-to-air
missiles during the 2011 Sacred Defense Parade is clear evidence of this
phenomenon.

In addition, UANI is concerned by the fact that Volvo subsidiary Volvo
Construction Equipment (“VCE”) has partnered with Parsian Pishro Sanat to
provide heavy construction and mining machinery to Iran. UANI’s concern is
understandably heightened in light of Iran’s ongoing attempts to evade
monitoring of its nuclear activities by constructing heavily fortified and
clandestine nuclear facilities such as the Fordow facility outside the city of
Qom.

Furthermore, UANI is troubled by the business activities of Volvo subsidiary
Volvo Penta in Iran. Volvo Penta produces a number of sensitive products for
the marine propulsion industry, including gas turbines for naval vessels, and
lists multiple offices and dealers in Iran. Volvo Penta’s Iran business is
particularly troubling considering the fact that IRGC naval forces have been
reported to utilize vessels outfitted with Volvo Penta’s marine diesel
engines.

UANI launched its "Auto Campaign" in March 2012. This year, Hyundai, Porsche,
and Fiat have ended business in Iran in response to UANI campaigns and Peugeot
stated it has stopped shipments of auto parts. In May, Ambassador Wallace
testified about Iran's automotive industry before the U.S. House Foreign
Affairs Committee.

UANI has developed model legislation, the DRIVE Act, to require auto
manufacturers to choose between American taxpayers and the regime. The DRIVE
Act requires automakers to certify they are not engaged in any business in
Iran, or engaged in the implementation of any agreement with Iranian entities
in order to be eligible for U.S. government contracts or financial assistance.

UANI has requested a reply from AB Volvo by December 17.

Click here to read UANI’s full letter to Volvo.
Click here to view a Volvo truck transporting Iranian missiles.
Click here to send a message to Volvo.
Click here to read UANI's "DRIVE Act" legislation.

Contact:

United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
press@uani.com
 
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