On June 4, the United States sanctioned a major network of front companies for hiding assets on behalf of Iranian leaders. The Treasury targeted The Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order and 37 ostensibly private businesses under it. Many are front companies involved in real estate, construction, banking, and other sectors of Iran’s economy. “While the Iranian government’s leadership works to hide billions of dollars in corporate profits earned at the expense of the Iranian people, Treasury will continue exposing and acting against the regime’s attempts to evade our sanctions and escape international isolation,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. The Obama administration has implemented four rounds of sanctions in the past week alone. The following are excerpts from the press release, including a link to the full text at the end.
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.
The actions of German businesses and trade associations are directly at odds with the German government’s own robust arguments in support of sanctions to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Germany has consistently been the number one trade partner of Iran in the EU. In 2011, bilateral trade between Iran and Germany totaled nearly 4 billion euros, with the majority coming from 3 billion euros in German exports. In 2007, more than 1,700 German companies were reportedly active in Iran.
Unfortunately, the German government is also allowing the operations of the German-Iranian Chamber of Trade and Commerce to continue with impunity. The Chamber was established in 1975 „to establish new trade links between the two countries or expand existing cooperation.“ The Chamber’s annual catalogue lists major German industrial firms such as Bosch, Herrenknecht, and Aker Wirth, many of which maintain their own branches or agencies in Tehran. In 2010, with support from the German Embassy in Tehran, the Chamber brought 7,000 representatives of Iranian firms to Germany to „learn about the latest technologies, innovations and achievements,“ and „meet the largest possible number of potential business partners. It is unacceptable that German government entities would actively facilitate the establishment of German-Iran economic ties and increased economic activity at a time when the international community is working to increase the economic isolation of the Iranian regime in response to its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, support for terrorism and human rights violations. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags