Statement by Foreign Minister Peter MacKay on IAEA Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

April 28, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay today issued the following statement regarding the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General's April 28, 2006 report to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Iran's nuclear program:

"The report on Iran's nuclear program confirms that Iran did not heed the Security Council's call to immediately re-establish the full, sustained and verifiable suspension of all nuclear enrichment and reprocessing activities, and that it is still not fully cooperating with the IAEA.

"Canada deplores Iran's failure to return to the voluntary suspension of all sensitive nuclear activities in order to restore the international community's confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. As a result of Iran's latest actions, the international community's ongoing and serious concerns about Iran's nuclear activities remain unaddressed while indignation grows at the bellicose and anti-Semitic statements of Iran's President. It is essential that the Security Council consider further measures as soon as possible. We believe that these measures should be phased and incremental, as well as reversible, and that they should seek to reinforce the authority of the IAEA. The UNSC needs to impress upon Iran the international community's firm resolve to find a durable diplomatic solution, an outcome that Canada fully supports.

"Canada once again urges Iran to heed the repeated calls of the international community and re-establish the conditions necessary for the resumption of negotiations for a long-term peaceful solution."