FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2010
Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb, [email protected]
Phone: (212) 554-3296
UANI Calls on Honeywell to End Its Business in Iran
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran
(UANI) on Thursday called on Honeywell to end its
business in Iran. Honeywell is listed on UANI's Iran Business Registry
Honeywell authorizes dealers in Iran to sell its technologically-advanced surveillance and security products. These products can be used to secure Iran's oil pipelines and nuclear reactors.
Honeywell also conducts business in Iran through its foreign subsidiary, Universal Oil Products (UOP). UOP is currently engaged in expanding and upgrading the Arak Refinery in Iran. The project could nearly triple Iran's gasoline production. Given the nature, size and importance of the Arak project, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), must be involved.
Any Honeywell business in Iran is of even greater concern because Honeywell is a leading federal contractor. In the past decade Honeywell has received over $12.9 billion in U.S. federal contracts and grants. Honeywell profits from the U.S. government while at the same time undermining the strategic interests of the U.S. vis-à-vis Iran.
In a letter to David M. Cote, the CEO of Honeywell, UANI President, Ambassador Mark Wallace wrote:
United Against Nuclear Iran ("UANI") has learned that Honeywell is selling Honeywell Security products through authorized distributors in Iran. Such technologically-advanced products can be used for surveillance purposes and to secure oil pipelines and nuclear reactors. The purpose of this letter is to clarify those dealings.
In the face of overwhelming bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress to economically isolate Iran's oil and natural gas industry, Honeywell continues to make key contributions to the development of Iran's oil industry.
[W]e deplore your decision to continue to aid Iran in its production of gasoline and to maintain sales of surveillance equipment in Iran.
There are other products listed in Honeywell Security's Middle East catalog that could support the ability of the Iranian regime to secure its nuclear facilities and/or to monitor its own citizens.
Given the prevalence of Honeywell products in Iran it is clear that the IRGC is likely a major beneficiary, owner and/or operator of Honeywell's advanced technological equipment.
UANI calls on Honeywell to clarify, definitively, whether it does business (through an affiliate or subsidiary) with the IRGC and whether its equipment in Iran is used in the security of Iran's nuclear facilities or the surveillance and repression of the Iranian population. Such use would, of course, be cause for great concern by the international community.
UANI calls on Honeywell to cease doing business in Iran.
Given the urgent nature of this issue
please let me hear from you on or before
April 15th, 2010 with your response.