Statement by Minister Cannon on UN Draft Resolution Regarding Sanctions on Iran

(No. 168 – May 19, 2010 - 8:55 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on a new UN draft resolution regarding sanctions on Iran, which permanent UN Security Council members have circulated to all members for discussion:

“Canada welcomes progress on the sanctions brought forward to the UN Security Council and encourages all members to work together to deliver a sanctions resolution that will take Iran to task for its continued disregard of obligations under International Atomic Energy Agency and UN Security Council resolutions.

“The Government of Iran must address the serious lack of confidence that members of the international community have in its nuclear program. We remain concerned about the potential military links to Iran’s nuclear program, and Iran has made no attempt to comply with UN Security Council resolutions.

“Canada strongly supports further sanctions through the UN Security Council. We will work with our allies to encourage effective responses to the threat that Iran poses to international peace and security.”

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