Statement on Expanded Iran Sanctions

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Government of Canada announced the expansion of sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic of Iran. David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, made the following statement in response:

"We applaud the government's expansion of economic sanctions targeting the Iranian regime, in particular the listing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under the Special Economic Measures Act.

"Canada's Jewish community further appreciates the government's efforts to focus world attention on the global threat posed by Iran's nuclear weapons program. We encourage the government to continue to urge the international community to adopt comprehensive measures to help prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.

"It is crucial that Canada and the international community use every available diplomatic and economic tool to bring the Iranian regime into compliance with international law and end its illegal nuclear program. We believe that adding the IRGC as a listed terrorist entity under the Anti-terrorism Act is an important additional step Canada should take in confronting the Iranian threat."

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization that serves as the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada.

SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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