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Cablegate: Unsc Iran Sanctions: Business As Usual in Nicaragua

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR S/CT, IO/T, ISN/RA
SOUTHCOM FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2017
TAGS: PARM PREL KNNP IR NU
SUBJECT: UNSC IRAN SANCTIONS: BUSINESS AS USUAL IN NICARAGUA

REF: SECSTATE 101574

Classified By: Ambassador Paul Trivelli, reasons 1.4 (B) and (D)

1. (S) On July 26, per reftel instructions we met with
Foreign Ministry Director General for the Americas Orlando
Gomez and urged that Nicaragua not continue business as usual
with Iran. We also highlighted Nicaragua's requirements
under UNSCRs 1737 and 1747, especially the prohibitions under
1747.

2. (S) Gomez, a Sandinista appointee, in his current position
since January 2007, replied that Nicaragua has a long history
of good relations with Iran that long predate the current
"U.S. preoccupation" with Iran. He also noted that Nicaragua
is expecting a high-level Iranian delegation to visit the
country, beginning July 31. (Note: Iranian Minister of
Energy, Hamid Chitchian, will visit Nicaragua from July 31
through August 5. End note.) This delegation, Gomez argued,
would focus on projects to assist Nicaragua in electrical
power generation, to build a manufacturing facility for
autobuses, and to promote agricultural sector development.

3. (S) We rejoined that Iran's continued obstructionism in
the face of international pressure and outstanding issues
with the IAEA were not simply a "U.S. preoccupation" but
rather a concern shared by all nations. Gomez then attempted
to dispel our concerns with an assurance that, when Nicaragua
deals with Iran in the future, it would closely bear in mind
the issues that we raised concerning the UNSCR resolutions.
He added that, in his opinion, patience and continued
dialogue with Iran would produce a diplomatic settlement.

4. (S) Comment: The Ortega government has sought out
friendship with Iran, and, despite assurances that Nicaragua
will observe its international obligations under relevant
UNSCR resolutions, we have no expectations that Nicaragua
will change its current course despite our continued urgings.
For now, in Nicaragua, it is business as usual with Iran.
TRIVELLI

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