Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that it is to cease taking on new business in Iran and gradually reduce its existing commitments, blaming toughening global sanctions against the nation in a letter to staff.
According to the letter, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, sanctions in place against the nation "make it almost impossible for Nokia Siemens Networks to do business with Iranian customers," despite the nation's burgeoning mobile network infrastructure.
United Against Nuclear Iran, a lobby group which aims to see Iran cut off as a result of its claimed ambitions to become a nuclear nation and its treatment of dissidents within its borders, has stated its support for the company.
"We applaud Nokia Siemens for following Huawei and pulling back from Iran, and we call on Nokia Siemens to follow this important first step by eventually ending all business there," UANI president Mark D. Wallace told press in a statement issued late yesterday. "The Iranian regime has used Nokia Siemens technology to track citizens and crack down on protesters, and should under no circumstances receive future products from Nokia Siemens.
"It is particularly significant to see Nokia Siemens cite international sanctions as the main reason for this decision. The sanctions the U.S. and its allies have implemented are clearly working, and Iran is becoming more and more isolated from the world economy. Companies everywhere, including even China, continue to show that Iran will soon be completely off limits to international businesses unless the regime changes course."
NSN joins Huawei and others in their apparent removal of support for the nation in the face of mounting international pressure.