June 3, 2016
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New York, NY - The United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) statement regarding Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Finland on May 31 with a delegation of business leaders was featured in the Finnish weekly newspaper Kansan Uutiset ("People's News").
The Finnish-language story, entitled "American Pressure Group 'Warns' President Niinistö," particularly highlighted UANI's letter campaign to Finnish company Cargotec. In a recent letter to the company, UANI stated "Cargotec's cranes have become a symbol of the Iranian regime's repressive policies," noting two documented instances where Cargotec-tied cranes have been used for public executions. Cargotec is a major U.S. defense contractor with more than $1 billion in sales to the American military.
On May 31, UANI also ran a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal Europe, which warned Finnish President Sauli Niinistö not be "misled" by Zarif who "tells the West one thing and the terrorists another."
UANI asked "President Niinistö remember his own words on terrorism before meeting with the Iranian delegation. Earlier this spring, he stated that 'Finland unequivocally condemns all forms of terrorism.' But Javad Zarif recently mourned the death of Mustafa Badreddine, a leading Hezbollah military commander and one of the world's most notorious terrorists accused of planning the truck bombing in Lebanon in 1983 that killed 241 U.S. marines, saying he died 'defending the ideals of Islam.'"
Presenting a matrix of 10 key risk categories businesses and sovereign states face should they pursue deals with Tehran, the ad concluded that "President Niinistö and Finland's other leaders should also consider the significant risks to Finnish businesses and employees before they reward the leading state sponsor of terrorism with lucrative business deals.
Zarif's recently completed European tour also included Poland, Sweden, and Latvia. In a May 29 statement, former Polish Foreign Minister and UANI Advisory Board Member Radosław Sikorski warned Polish companies of the looming risks of doing business "in a country where business and terrorism are intertwined."
Coinciding with Zarif's visit to Sweden, UANI increased pressure on the Volvo Group, Verisec AB, Pomegranate Investment, and other Swedish companies by publicizing its recent correspondence with company management.