Statement by Minister Cannon on Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Claim

(No. 132 – April 9, 2010 – 7:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement in reaction to Iran’s claim that it will unveil faster uranium enrichment capabilities:

“The claim that Iran is advancing its enrichment technology is a clear example that the regime is further testing the patience of the international community. The Iranian regime continues to threaten global security and ignore its international obligations.

“The Iranian regime must address the serious lack of confidence that members of the international community have in its nuclear program. The military links to Iran’s nuclear program remain completely unresolved, and Iran has made no attempt to live up to the minimum standard of compliance.

“Canada strongly supports further sanctions through the United Nations Security Council. Canada will work with its allies to encourage effective responses to the threat that Iran poses to international peace and security.

“Canada continues to express its serious concerns over the Iranian regime’s continued suppression of the Iranian democracy movement, the regime’s blatant disregard of basic human rights, and its use of brute force against the people of Iran. While we are deeply concerned with the actions of the regime, the people of Iran must know that we stand with them in their struggle.”

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