Volkswagen convaincu par les Etats-Unis d'arrêter ses activités en Iran

23 Septembre, 2018, 02:29 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Volkswagen avait annoncé son retour en Iran. Mais sous la pression américaine l'entreprise pourrait revoir ses projets.                  William West  AFP

Le constructeur automobile allemand Volkswagen va arrêter pratiquement toute activité en Iran, conformément aux souhaits des États-Unis, a annoncé dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi à Bloomberg un ambassadeur américain. En vertu de cet accord, Volkswagen n'aura plus que des activités très restreintes en Iran, pour des raisons humanitaires. Le groupe de Wolfsburg a indiqué encore "examiner les implications possibles liées à la réintroduction des sanctions américaines". Des propos vite démentis par les intéressés auprès de l' AFP: "Volkswagen se conforme à toutes les lois nationales et internationales applicables et à la règlementation en matière d'exportation". Il a déjà fait de même avec le géant de la chimie BASF, qui avait démenti par la suite.

A peine nommé en Allemagne en juin, M. Grenell avait suscité un tollé en déclarant dans une interview que les entreprises allemandes devaient cesser leurs activités en Iran après la décision de Washington de rétablir les sanctions contre Téhéran.

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A rappeler qu'en mai, le président Donald Trump avait rompu l'accord sur le nucléaire conclu en 2015 avec l'Iran et cinq autres pays.

La volte-face des Etats-Unis, qui vont jusqu'à négocier pour convaincre les entreprises étrangères de se retirer d'Iran quand la crainte des sanctions américaines ne suffit pas, a bouleversé la donne. L'Iran et son industrie automobile sont frappés de plein fouet par le retour des sanctions américaines. L'Allemagne d'une manière générale est l'un des principaux partenaires commerciaux de l'Iran.

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