July 12, 2011
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Following Los Angeles Times Op-ed, UANI Announces Crane Manufacturer Tadano's End to Business in Iran
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) on Tuesday applauded Japanese crane manufacturer Tadano for ending its business in Iran, where the Iranian regime had misused its cranes to stage brutal public executions.
On July 6, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, wrote a Los Angeles Times op-ed, "Iran's Execution Binge," which detailed the Iranian regime's use of construction cranes for public hangings. The op-ed subsequently ran in other newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Providence Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Albany Times Union and The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA).
Ambassador Wallace wrote that Tadano, whose logo had appeared in photographs of Iran's public hangings, "should take the principled stand of renouncing their business ties with the regime until Iran becomes a civilized member of the international community."
Tadano officials began communicating with UANI, and informed UANI that Tadano would end all of its business in Iran, including severing ties with its distributor IER Iran and the Iranian company Part Loader Co.
UANI commends Tadano for this decision.
Said UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:
Tadano is a responsible corporation and its decision is another example of an international company taking the right action in the wake of UANI's Cranes Campaign. UANI commends Tadano for its decision to end its business in Iran, and we thank Tadano's executives for their responsiveness. UANI hopes that even more crane companies will end their business in Iran as the bright light of world attention is cast on Iran's barbaric execution binge.
Tadano's decision follows a similar one by Terex, which also recently ended its business in Iran.
The UANI "Cranes Campaign" highlights the Iranian regime's abhorrent executions by hanging from construction cranes, and the disturbing reality that these cranes are coming from Western and Asian companies.