November 23, 2009
Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb, [email protected]
Phone: (212) 554-3296
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on Huntsman to cease doing business in Iran and to explain its sale of polyurethanes in Iran. Huntsman is listed on UANI's Iran Business Registry (IBR).
According to its website, Huntsman maintains a local agent in Iran and several representatives abroad for the purpose of selling polyurethanes in Iran. Polyurethanes are widely used in weapons platforms and other defense-related materials, including solid-fuel technology, which can be used to power nuclear missiles.
In a letter to the Founder and Chairman of Huntsman, Jon M. Huntsman, UANI President, Ambassador Mark Wallace wrote: "UANI calls on Huntsman to clarify whether the polyurethanes that it sells in Iran could be used to produce solid-fuel technology, as even the smallest chance of this potential dual-use is cause for great concern by the international community. What steps does Huntsman take within this closed society to reach 100% assurance that Huntsman polyurethanes can, in no way, be used to produce solid-fuel technology or support Iran's military capabilities?
"Even in the case that Huntsman is certain that its use of its polyurethanes is completely harmless, UANI calls on Huntsman to cease doing business in Iran. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., in his capacity as Ambassador to China, has called on China to act responsibly in its dealings with Iran. The company that bears his name, however, has failed to do exactly that...
"We urge Huntsman to immediately cease all business dealings in Iran, sign the Iran Business Declaration, and join the international community in condemning Iran's illegal nuclear weapons program."
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