SINGAPORE: Singapore has clarified a Reuters report that implied Singapore is not compliant with its United Nations obligations.
The report dated on February 15 was titled ‘Iran’s Global Cat-and-Mouse Game on Sanctions’.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Reuters appears to have conflated the unilateral sanctioning of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) by certain jurisdictions such as the United States, with the issue of United Nations member states’ obligations under the UN Security Council Resolutions on Iran.
MFA said the report contained several inaccurate assertions.
For example, in referring to the 2010 seizure in Singapore of three ships of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) for failing to meet their credit arrangements, MFA says Reuters quotes selectively from UN Security Council resolutions on Iran.
The report states that the UN embargo orders IRISL assets be frozen, including those of any person or entity acting on their behalf or at their direction, and to entities owned or controlled by them.
MFA said this is a misrepresentation of the relevant resolutions.
It said these resolutions do not require the freezing of the shipping lines assets.
They only require the freezing of assets of specific entities.
The assets of the shipping line itself are not targeted by the resolutions.
MFA said it is therefore factually incorrect on Reuters’ part to report that the UN embargo orders IRISL assets be frozen.
It added the Reuters reporter has whether wilfully or out of ignorance, failed to understand the issue and has confused several important legal points.
The Ministry stressed that Singapore takes a serious view of its international obligations and enforces all UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.
Channel News Asia