UANI Issues Statement in Response to MAN SE
German Firm is Directly Involved in Building Tankers for Iranian Regime
NEW YORK -- January 16, 2013
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the
following statement today in response to German engineering and automotive
firm MAN SE, which responded to UANI’s campaign by stating that its business
in Iran complies with EU sanctions:
MAN must immediately and completely end its Iran business activities,
particularly those related to the construction of new Iranian tankers. MAN’s
claim that its current work with the Iranian regime technically complies with
EU sanctions is weak and insufficient. Moreover, MAN’s Iran business is
clearly irresponsible, unethical, and in direct contravention of international
efforts to isolate the Iranian regime and degrade its capacity to transport
MAN’s attempt to justify its Iran business through legal parsing is
unacceptable. The U.S. and EU are attempting to economically isolate Iran,
particularly by hampering its shipping industry, and companies such as MAN
that continue to aid the regime are significantly interfering with those
efforts. Businesses can no longer defy the efforts of governments and private
entities to isolate Iran without facing serious reputational and financial
consequences. MAN must immediately clarify its involvement in the construction
of new vessels for the Iranian regime.
UANI’s call for MAN to end its business in Iran was reported by the German
newspaper Die Welt, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and Trend.az. As Die Welt
reported: “After researching, UANI said MAN should end the construction of at
least five other ships for the state shipping company IRISL, which is also on
the sanctions list. Today, IRISL has several private limited companies in
Hamburg. MAN’s Iranian partner in this business is said to be the Persian Gulf
Shipbuilding Corporation, a company that is controlled by the regime.”
UANI's “Germany Campaign” highlights the extensive Iran business activities of
German businesses, firms and entities. German businesses are bolstering the
Iranian economy and expanding Iranian industrial capacity at a time when the
international community is working to economically isolate the Iranian regime.
Click here to read an English translation of the Die Welt story, “MAN Comes
Under Pressure Because of Iran Business.”
Click here to read UANI’s January 7 letter to MAN.
Click here to send a message to MAN.
Click here to learn more about UANI's Shipping Campaign.
Click here to learn more about UANI’s Germany Campaign.
United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
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