• Apr 19th 2010 at 11:39AM
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With pressure mounting on Iran to halt its nuclear program, Daimler is reportedly joining the growing list of businesses – German ones especially – that are reducing their commercial activities with the rogue nation.

Daimler has strong business ties in Iran, principally centered around the production and sales of commercial vehicles and diesel engines. Among the moves being undertaken by the German industrial giant are the sale of its 30 percent stake in Iranian Diesel Engine Manufacturing and the withdrawal of an application to sell civilian vehicles to Iran. Critics maintain that the moves are insufficient in the global campaign against Iran's nuclear program, but point towards the initiative as a positive step in the right direction.

The announcement has hit the wire hot on the heels of the nuclear security summit which President Obama hosted recently in Washington, where measures – largely supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured above with Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche) – aimed at isolating Iran were discussed.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm, lets see here, was Iran not a democracy? 1953 seems to ring a bell. As for nuclear weapons well are they not using depleted uranium in Iraq? I know I know blah blah it ain't a bomb but they are a type of nuke, of which there are many. So DB should leave America?
        • 5 Years Ago
        NOTHING is a nuke unless you a splitting or fusing nucleii, Einstein.

        By your logic, every hydrogen-powerd car is a thermonuclear weapon.

        Depleted Uranium is simply a dense, inert material. Without the extra neutrons, it is about as harmful as extra thick lead (hence its use in bullets).

        Go get an education.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depleted uranium is still a radiological hazard.
        You should take a look at the DU babies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ironic, the only nation which attacked with atomic bombs and murdered hundred of thousands was the US, and they assume everyone will do the same.
      Democracy my ar*e
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys do know that Manda3 is also manufactured in Iran.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, lets see, USA is doing big business with China (still a communist country, oppressing most of its people, no labor laws, abuse of human rights) where 20 years ago USA was fighting so hard against communism and USSR. And as far as I remember, USA is the only nation to this day that actually used nuclear bomb in modern warfare. If anything, USA should stop supporting Israel so much because it is not worth the money or our lives and since USA also has the mightiest Navy in the world, its not even that great of military strategic partner. How can USA teach other countries about democracy when on daily basis here we get less and less freedom, media censorship, more regulation and government control. Let other countries fight their own battles. I really don't think any nation will attack USA anytime soon. If anything USA should concentrate more on China. Terrorist groups are another thing but they are so spread out that you would have to invade most of Middle East/Asia/Africa which is impossible. Most of the middle east people don't give a crap about USA, just like average American doesn't give a crap about any other nation, they just wanna live their own life, its always the radical sects that are the problem. As far as Daimler is concerned, nice publicity stunt, and its not like Iran was their biggest market anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The best way now to deal w/terrorists is to reduce oil usage to the point that oil from that region is not needed. Then their revenue streams dry up, and its hard to bomb people when you cannot afford the material.

        It is hard to teach democracy and freedoms when the US keeps looking to euro-governments for direction. Countries controlling what you wear, what you can build, what you can say (after all, denying the Holocaust in Germany gets you arrested), and more and more intrusive monitoring systems. All of that is in Europe now.

        And AFA 'oppressing most of its people' you may need to clarifying that. Who are these 'most', and where is the oppression?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ariana Huffington called, she wants you on her blog ASAP.

      • 5 Years Ago
      They also announced all bribes to Iran's government and businesses will stop. THAT is a major blow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Daimler are Hipocrites,The USA has more nuclear weapons than Iran,Then they should also cutting Ties with USA.DON`T PURCHASE DAIMLER,They SUCK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Trusting Iran (or any other thugocracy or dictatorship) more than the US with nuclear weapons shows pure ignorance.

        Debate the end of WWII all you want, but dropping the bombs on Japan ended further conflict, and we haven't used nuclear weapons since. Do you trust Iran to have that type of six decade plus record? I sure as hell don't.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @racewithferrari:
        All companies are "for profits".. what sense would it make for *any* company to be anti-profit? Don't strain yourself.

        I don't like Daimler any more than you do -- what they did to Chrysler was immoral as far as I'm concerned. But that doesn't mean we can't give them credit for doing something right for a change.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How often do you see US President on TV threatening to obliterate another country?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Daimler are just for profits, Look what they have done to the Chrysler. Now they are after Renault-Nissan. God only knows what will happen to them.
        Daimler is not worth believing in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or deny the Holocaust?

        The USA isn't the problem this time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you talking about, Diamler did us a huge favor by weakening Chrysler to the point of oblivion. It's just too bad they couldn't finish the mission and annihilate it completely, ridding us of their cheap and ugly products. Yes yes I know, I would feel bad people loosing jobs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and multiple nations in Europe also have more nuclear weapons than Iran. The issue here is not whether or not a country has them, but whether they are abiding by non-proliferation treaties and whether they plan to use them. I would hardly call Daimler's actions hypocritical. This is one situation where they are actually acting with a great deal of social responsibility.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Daimler are just for profits"

        Daimler is a business. And you need to understand what the textbook definition of a business is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bloke
        If your business needs to parasitize other businesses in order to stay funded, then its own business model is fundamentally flawed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice move chancellor and Daimler , +1 for Germany
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