S'pore takes serious view of need to deal with WMD proliferation: MFA
- POSTED: 13 Dec 2013 20:53
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Singapore takes a very serious view of need to deal with the spread of weapons of mass destruction, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while it noted that two Singapore-registered firms are being sanctioned by the US for providing support to Iran's nuclear programme.
SINGAPORE: Singapore takes a very serious view of the need to deal with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which poses an existential threat to small city states.
Therefore, it will continue to take action against individuals and companies that flout United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the issue.
It will also extend its full cooperation within its laws to other countries in the common effort against the proliferation of WMDs.
Making these comments in a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the US is imposing unilateral sanctions on two Singapore-registered companies for involvement in evading US sanctions against Iran and for providing support for Iran's nuclear programme.
The two companies are Mid Oil Asia Pte Ltd and Singa Tankers Pte Ltd.
The ministry noted that the sanctions the companies are facing are above and beyond the sanctions imposed by the UNSC, which are mandatory on all UN members.
The ministry also said it does not have sufficient information to comment on the two specific companies and their involvement with Iran, and that it is not in a position to enforce the laws of other countries.
However, given the importance of the US in the world economy, it expects companies with dealings with countries subject to unilateral US sanctions will take notice of these and other prior cases, and make their own calculations and decisions based on how this might impact on their own commercial interests.