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De Blasio Letter to Nissan on Operations in Iran

De Blasio Letter to Nissan on Operations in Iran

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Published by: Bill de Blasio on Apr 16, 2012
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April 15, 2012Carlos GhosnChairman & CEONissan Motors Co, Ltd.1-1 Takashima 1-chomeNishi-ku, Yokohama-shiKanagawa 220-8686, JapanDear Mr. Ghosn:I am writing to express my deep concern about Nissan
Motor Company Limited’s (“Nissan”)
ongoingbusiness activities in Iran and request that Nissan take immediate steps to immediately cease all operations
 – 
including its licensing agreements with local manufacturers
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in Iran.Last month, my office
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in partnership with United Against Nuclear Iran and Iran180
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launched the IranWatchlist, a consumer action campaign to draw attention to international companies that conduct businessin Iran. Nissan will continue to be prominently featured in this campaign as long as the company continuesto provide economic and financial support to Iran
’s oppressive political regime.
 As the winner of New York City
s
Taxi of Tomorrow" competition, Nissan has been presented with aunique opportunity to design and produce New York City taxis for the next decade
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a contract valued atroughly one billion dollars.It is not acceptable to New York City taxpayers and taxi riders for the maker of our future taxis to continueto conduct business in Iran and support a dangerous regime in Tehran. According to the Iran VehicleManufactures Association, Nissan
’s
Iranian partner Pars Khodro produced five models of Nissan cars andtrucks in 2010 with a total production of 7,591 vehicles. I urge you to take action now to immediatelycease all such operations in Iran
 – 
assuring New Yorkers that Nissan is first and foremost committed to itsgrowing relationship with our great city.Nissan Americas
Vice President for Corporate Communications, David Reuter, has characterized Nissan
’s
partnership with local manufacturer Pars Khodro as a
limited-scale business relationship.
Thisrepresentation is deceptive and attempts to distract from the serious nature of Nissan
’s
relationships in Iran.Pars Khodro is majority owned by Saipa Group, a subsidiary of the Iranian Development and RenovationOrganization ("IDRO"), an entity blacklisted by the U.S., UK and EU for its activities in a wide range of nuclear and military activities. Any relationship with IDRO
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which is controlled by Iran's RevolutionaryGuard Corps (IRGC)
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is deeply disturbing to New Yorkers and should be of great concern to Nissan.
Iran’s pursuit of nuclear we
apons, its support of international terrorism, and continued human rights abusesare a grave threat to the United States, our foreign allies, and the long-term stability of the region. I urgeyou to sign and return the attached
“Iran Business Declaration” and hereby officially end
Nissan
’s business
activities in Iran. After receiving this declaration, my office will gladly remove Nissan from the IranWatchlist.
 
I look forward to your prompt reply. Please contact my Senior Advisor, Jeff Merritt by phone at212.669.2115 or via email at jmerritt@pubadvocate.nyc.gov with any questions or concerns.Sincerely,Bill de BlasioPublic Advocate for the City of New York cc: Carlos TavaresChairman, Management Committee
 – 
Americas, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.Andrew TaviVice President, Legal and Government Affairs,and General Counsel, Nissan North America, Inc.

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