Canada has banned all imports to and exports from Iran, effective immediately, according to John Baird, Canada’s foreign affairs minister.
Canada has also added another 30 individuals and 82 entities to its list of designated persons under the Special Economic Measures Act. Those listed are believed to be engaged in activities that directly or indirectly facilitate, support, provide funding for or in some way could contribute to Iran’s proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities.
The sanctions follow rounds of talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the P5+1, which includes the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany.
“Canada, like many of our closest allies, is making every possible effort to halt Iran’s reckless pursuit of its nuclear weapons capabilities,” Baird said in a written statement. “The path of nuclear non-compliance will only bring further isolation for Ayatollah Khameini’s clerical, military dictatorship.”