Media Release by Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith on the Adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1803

March 3, 2008

I welcome the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of Resolution 1803 on Iran, which reaffirms the international community's serious concerns in regard to Iran's nuclear activities.

The new resolution strengthens sanctions against Iran. It expands the range of items that are subject to the export ban to Iran and the list of individuals and entities subject to financial measures. It extends a travel ban in relation to individuals associated with Iran's proliferation sensitive nuclear activities or nuclear weapons delivery systems. It also details measures relating to the inspection of cargo carried by Iranian aircraft and vessels.

The adoption of this resolution - the fourth resolution in relation to Iran's nuclear activities - makes very clear that Iran needs to address the international community's serious concerns about its nuclear activities.

The adoption of the resolution should underline to Iran the international community's firm resolve on this issue.

The resolution stresses again the willingness of the Permanent Members of the Security Council (China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) and Germany to engage with Iran on a comprehensive, long term solution to the issue and promote wide-ranging cooperation provided Iran suspends all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.

The Australian Government urges Iran to suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities in accordance with successive United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Australia will implement promptly the terms of the resolution as required by all United Nations members.

Changes to Australian law implementing UN sanctions against Iran will be reflected on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website at