Australia imposes new Iran sanctions
The Australian Government yesterday announced new plans to impose additional sanctions in response to Iran’s continuing non-compliance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on its nuclear program.
This announcement comes in a series of developments following the recent attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran last week.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the additional sanctions highlight Australia’s growing concern about Iran’s nuclear program.
“The measures will also further restrict business with Iran’s petroleum and financial sectors,” he said.
Following last week’s embassy attacks, many political analysts have noted the increasing tensions between Iran and the west with concern.
Rudd said in order to engage successfully with the international community Iran must take steps required by the UNSC and the IAEA.
The sanctions will aim to target additional entities and individuals for their involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs and are in line with a number of recent measures taken by the United States and the European Union.
“Australia is committed to a negotiated solution of the Iran nuclear issue,” said Rudd.
Last week’s embassy assault comes as one of the biggest strains to the UK and Iran’s diplomatic ties in more than 20 years.
Protesters stormed the embassy in central Tehran with petrol bombs and rocks, tearing down the British flag and setting a car ablaze.
Days on, the protest is being considered an officially authorised protest against the UK’s economic sanctions against Iran.
Rudd condemned the violent raid, urging Iran to “ensure it fulfils its international obligations by preventing any such future incidents, including by investigating the attacks of November 29 and prosecuting those responsible.”