United Against Nuclear Iran, a U.S.-based pressure group, has led a spirited campaign calling for Fiat to exit the Iranian market. For the past year, the group had placed advertisements in New York newspapers and held protest at the New York International Auto show.
“Fiat has finally made the responsible decision to end its most egregious ties with the Iranian regime,” said Nathan Carleton, a spokesman for “United Against Nuclear Iran”, in an email. “We call on Fiat to now fully end all of its business in Iran, including the sale and manufacturing of all Fiat and Maserati vehicles.”
In November 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors rebuked Iran following an IAEA report detailing how Iran had undertaken research and experiments geared to developing a nuclear weapons capability. Iran rejected the details of the report and accused the IAEA of pro-Western bias and threatened to reduce its cooperation with the IAEA.