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Car manufacturers Mercedes, Toyota, Honda, Fiat, Renault and Peugeot might not
know it, but according to Israeli intelligence services they play a key role in
Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
An American diplomatic
cable published by WikiLeaks on Thursday summarized a meeting held in October
2007 between Patricia McNerney, the principal deputy assistant secretary of
state for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, and a group
of officials from the Mossad, IDF Military Intelligence and the Foreign
During the meeting, the Military Intelligence officer presented
McNerney with photographs of vehicles made by Mercedes, Fiat, Toyota and Honda
that were being used by Iranian regime elements associated with its missile
program. The photographs were of vehicles with missile systems mounted on them
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The Mossad official present singled out Renault and Peugeot,
which were at the time manufacturing cars in Iran.
“Legally they are not
doing anything wrong, but it might be worthwhile to show them how their business
is helping proliferators,” the Mossad official said.
The Foreign Ministry
official suggested asking companies such as Renault and Peugeot to “join in the
effort” to stop investments that helped the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps,
as opposed to asking them to cease their operations in the country.
might be more palatable to them, and thus a more effective approach,” the
The Military Intelligence officer claimed that 50 percent
of the vehicles presented during the meeting with McNerney were bought and used
by the Revolutionary Guard, which, he said, Israel could also link to dozens of
construction companies that supply building materials to the Iranian
The Revolutionary Guard, he gave as an example, was at the time
the main contractor for Teheran’s metro system.