Moldova ends its reflagging of Iranian vessels

08 Oct 2012

Following United Against Nuclear Iran's (UANI) shipping campaign, the Republic of Moldova has put an end to its reflagging of Iranian vessels.

In September, UANI expressed its concern with Moldova’s extensive reflagging of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) vessels and associated entities. By reflagging 11 IRISL vessels, UANI said that Moldova was undermining US, EU and UN authorities by enabling the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear proliferation activities.

Ambassador Mark Wallace, UANI, said: "Moldova has now confirmed that it has stopped its recent reflagging of Iranian vessels and will not restart any such activities. We accept Moldova's pledge, and applaud Moldovan officials for making this responsible decision.”

He added: “We call on the international community to impose a complete shipping blockade on the Iranian regime. No country should flag Iranian vessels.”

Key shipping services including Bureau Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd (GL), the Korean Register of Shipping and ClassNK have recently stopped certifying Iranian vessels in response to UANI.

UANI is asking that international shippers, certification firms and governments around the world stop their business with IRISL and the Government of Iran. The Iranian regime and its illegal nuclear weapons programme are dependent on the international shipping industry for imports of technology and industrial goods as well as oil exports needed to fund its activities.

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