Leoni must provide detailed explanation of any Iran Oil Show
activities to international community and certify they did not meet with
representatives of any sanctioned entity or Specially Designated
National (“SDN”) in Iran.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is calling on the German industrial firm
Leoni to fully disclose the nature and extent of any Iran business
activities in light of the company’s reported attendance at the annual
Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition (“Iran Oil Show”) held
in Tehran from May 6 to May 9. On Tuesday, UANI called
on all firms in attendance at the Iran Oil Show to make such
Iran’s oil and gas sector is the most heavily sanctioned sector of the
Iranian economy and these sanctions remain in place for the duration of
the Joint Plan of Action (“JPA”) interim agreement. The presence of
European and Asian companies at the oil show directly contravenes the
efforts of the international community to maintain economic pressure on
the Iranian regime while also demonstrating disregard for President
Obama’s pledge to “come down … like a ton of bricks” on foreign firms
expanding their Iran business.
In a letter to Leoni CEO Klaus Probst, UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D.
Iran hosted its 19th annual Iran Oil Show on May 6-9, 2014.
On its website, Leoni announced that it would have a booth at the show.
This follows Leoni’s previous attendance at the Iran Oil Show in 2010 …
Such activities work in direct contravention to efforts by the
international community to isolate the Iranian energy sector in response
to the regime’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. UANI is also
concerned that Leoni appears to maintain a relationship with Iran via
the Tehran-based company Tech. Control Industrial Consultants Co., as
well as through its Iran contact Bijan Kavian.
In view of the above, please clarify the current status of Leoni’s
business activities in Iran and your intentions with respect to
maintaining and expanding such activities … Please also provide us with
a comprehensive summary of all Leoni activities and meetings held during
the Iran Oil Show, including the names of all individuals and entities
that Leoni and its representatives met with during the show. Please
specifically confirm that Leoni did not meet with representatives of any
sanctioned entity or Specially Designated National (“SDN”) and also
describe what steps Leoni took to ensure that its representatives did
not interact with such individuals or representatives.
Furthermore, UANI is cognizant of Leoni’s significant U.S. business
presence, including its multiple offices across the U.S. Leoni’s
subsidiary, Leoni Fiber Optics Inc., has also benefited from U.S.
federal government contracts … Certainly, members of the U.S. Congress
and the American public at-large will not look kindly on any business
that attempts to conduct business with Iran - particularly in its most
sanctioned sector - while also enriching itself through U.S. markets and
According to Nematollahi Akbar, a spokesman for Iran'sOil Ministry, 600
foreign companies registered for the oil show, representing a 300%
increase from the year before.
to read UANI's full letter to Leoni.
to send a message to Leoni.
to view UANI's Geneva Interim Agreement Tracker.
United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
Source: United Against Nuclear Iran