FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2012
Contact: Nathan Carleton, [email protected]
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UANI Applauds Japanese Classification Society ClassNK for Closing Tehran Office, Ending its Work in Iran
Reuters: "The Move Follows a Call Last Week by U.S. Group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to Cut Ties with Iran."
New York, NY - On Tuesday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement regarding Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)'s decision to close its Tehran office in response to UANI, as reported by Reuters:
We applaud ClassNK for pledging to close its Tehran office. Once it follows through on today's announcement to end its work in Iran, ClassNK will have closed yet another avenue for the Iranian regime to circumvent international sanctions.
We call on the Korean Register of Shipping and others to follow the lead of ClassNK, Bureau Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, and others and help impose an international shipping blockade on Iran. It is impossible for a shipping company to safely do business with Iran, given the regime's well known history of deception, falsified cargoes, and arms shipments to terrorists.
Last week, UANI called on ClassNK, to close its Tehran office and stop certifying Iranian entities.
The prominent European shipping services Bureau Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd recently stopped certifying Iranian vessels in response to UANI.
UANI has highlighted the shipping industry as an area where the international community can further pressure Iran. In a March 17 Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, six UANI board members wrote that "the world must deny Iran's access to international shipping, a move that would severely affect the regime given its dependence on global trade and seaborne crude oil exports."
Click here to read the Reuters article, "Japanese ship certifier to end Iran ties."
Click here to read UANI's July 12 letter to ClassNK.
Click here to read UANI's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, "Total Sanctions Might Stop Iran."
Click here to visit UANI's Shipping Campaign page.