May 30, 2013 – New
York – AJC applauds Canada’s decision to cut off nearly all trade with Iran.
“Once again, Canada has
demonstrated the leadership to act on principle in taking bold steps to
confront the very real threat of an Iran capable of developing nuclear
weapons,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “As the Wall Street Journal reported today,
Canada has ‘gone further than any other Western nation in imposing
trade-related penalties’ against Iran, to which we say, ‘Bravo.’”
Foreign Affairs Minister
John Baird explained the move as a response to Tehran’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge
the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has periodically
reported that Iran continues to enrich uranium for nuclear purposes. He also
cited the regime’s “abhorrent human rights record.”
are compelled to take further actions against this reckless and irresponsible
regime," said Baird, stressing that Iran has offered only “false promises
and empty gestures” regarding its nuclear program.
Baird expressed similar
concerns about Iran’s nuclear program in his stirring address to the AJC 2012 Global
Forum. AJC has long urged ever stronger international measures against Iran in
response to Tehran’s defiance of the IAEA and UN Security Council resolutions.
Canada’s latest trade sanctions
exempt only food, medicine, medical equipment, and humanitarian goods.