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September 26, 2018 9:21 am

Volkswagen to Cease Doing Business In Iran, Boosting US Economic Sanctions

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2018 Volkswagen e-Golf photographed in Canada inside the 2018 Montréal International Auto Show. Photo: Bull-Doser/Wikimedia Commons. – The United States has convinced Volkswagen AG to comply with sanctions on Iran and cease conducting most business in the regime, a US official told Bloomberg.

The Trump administration and the German automotive firm ironed out the final details on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations, according to US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who noted that Volkswagen will still be allowed to do some business in Iran under a humanitarian exception.

“We are pleased with this decision because Iran diverts its economic resources away from its people to spread violence and instability across the globe,” said Grenell.

The Volkswagen move will likely undermine the European Union notion that Iran should be a place for businesses, as the EU has been trying to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, from which the US withdrew in May.

The second round of US sanctions on Iran is scheduled for Nov. 5.

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