Statement by Minister Cannon on IAEA Resolution on Iran

(No. 359 – November 27, 2009 – 7:10 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the recent International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) resolution on Iran:

“Canada welcomes the resolution that the IAEA has passed on Iran, as it notes the serious concern of the IAEA Board of Governors regarding Iran’s non-compliance with its IAEA safeguards obligations, particularly the alleged military dimensions of its nuclear program.

“Canada also welcomes the efforts of IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei in attempting to broker an agreement between Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany. Despite these efforts, an agreement has yet to be reached, to Canada’s disappointment.

“The right to the peaceful use of nuclear power comes with the responsibility to exercise it transparently and in accordance with international norms and standards. The Government of Canada firmly believes that future stability and security depends on the implementation by the international community of all of the obligations of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty; Iran is no exception to those obligations.

“Iran concealed its nuclear program for over a decade. Only after being caught did Iran publicly reveal that two undeclared nuclear sites were under construction.

“For six years, the IAEA Director General has been reporting that Iran is not living up to the minimum global standard. The IAEA finds that Iran has failed to provide information regarding the military dimensions of its past nuclear activities, and Iran continues even now to enrich nuclear material in violation of five UN Security Council resolutions.

“To address the suspicions and fears that its own actions have created, Iran must change its approach of obstruction and obfuscation, meet the current international standards of the IAEA, and adopt full transparency and disclosure.

“Iran must prove to the world that its nuclear program is peaceful by addressing the evidence of past military dimensions and by implementing the Additional Protocol to its comprehensive safeguards agreement so the IAEA may verify that there are no additional undeclared facilities.”

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