Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today welcoming the adoption of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1929 imposing additional sanctions against Iran:
"Canada fully supports the adoption of resolution 1929 by the UN Security Council, in response to Iran’s ongoing failure to meet its international obligations under UNSC resolutions 1696, 1737, 1747, 1803 and 1835, and its failure to cooperate fully and transparently with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“Iran has repeatedly violated its international obligations. Its long-time refusal to fully suspend its enrichment-related activities has resulted in those successive UNSC resolutions. Iran’s recent construction of an enrichment facility at Qom, in secret, and in breach of its obligations, coupled with its subsequent decision to enrich uranium to near twenty per cent, have further eroded the international community’s goodwill. Iran must comply with its obligations and cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency to address serious concerns about the military links to its nuclear program.
“Resolution 1929 introduces targeted measures addressing missile and arms proliferation, illegal shipments, suspect financial, commercial and banking transactions, and financial dealings and travel of entities of concern, including key members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). These measures were designed to target the Iranian government’s nuclear program and minimize any unintended impact on the Iranian people. Canada will implement this resolution pursuant to the United Nations Act.
“Our concern about Iran’s nuclear program is a long-held foreign policy position of this government. Canada strongly urges Iran to agree to a constructive dialogue with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States with a view to reaching a diplomatic, negotiated solution as soon as possible. In the meantime, Canada will use its G-8 Presidency to maintain international focus on Iran’s nuclear program. Canada will fully implement these sanctions and we stand ready to implement additional sanctions until Iran meets its international obligations.”