German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the ambassador of U.S. to Germany, Richard Grenell, in Meseberg, Germany July 6, 2018..
(photo credit: AXEL SCHMIDT/REUTERS)
A spokesman for the German company Krempel, which provided construction material to Tehran businessmen that was used in rockets produced by the Iranian regime to gas Syrians earlier this year, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the global business firm has stopped trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Since several months ago, Krempel no longer delivers goods to Iran,” said Rainer Westermann.
“Corporations realize that doing business with Iran means funding the IRGC’s terror strategy,” US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told the Post on Thursday. The IRGC stands for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US designated as a terrorist entity last year.
Grenell is widely credited with causing German businesses to leave Iran and has been praised for his efforts in seeking to counter companies that aid Iran’s terrorism and cause suffering for Syrians and Iranians within the Islamic Republic.
The Krempel Group, located near the southern city of Stuttgart, sold electronic press boards to Iranian companies that were used in the production of rockets. The press boards are frequently inserted into motors.
Regime forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad fired the Iranian missiles containing Krempel material, resulting in the severe gassing of 21 adults and children. Krempel, a global company, has a distribution center in the US.
In April, Krempel remained defiant in the face of US sanctions and told the Post it would continue business with Iran. The US classifies Iran’s regime as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism.
A Syrian photographer found parts made by Krempel Group in the remains of Iranian-produced chemical rockets that gassed Syrian civilians in January and February. After Grenell assumed his post and urged German companies to wind down their business with Tehran – and after the US imposed financial and energy sanctions on Iran in November – Krempel terminated its business.