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Iran sanctions

January 10, 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced further Australian sanctions on Iran, affecting the financial, trade, energy and transport sectors.

“These sanctions further increase pressure on Iran to comply with its nuclear non-proliferation obligations and with UN Security Council resolutions and to engage in serious negotiations on its nuclear program,” Senator Carr said.

The sanctions include financial and travel restrictions on additional individuals and entities active in the oil, gas and financial sectors or related to Iran’s WMD proliferation activities.

They include new measures prohibiting:

• financial transactions between Australian and Iranian banks, including the Central Bank of Iran, unless authorised in advance;
• export of additional materials and the provision of services relevant to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic programs, and to industries controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps;
• import of natural gas from Iran and the provision of related services, and broadening restrictions on export of key equipment for the Iranian oil, gas and petrochemical industries; and
• use of Australian vessels for transport or storage of Iranian petrochemical products; construction of new oil tankers for Iran and supply of key naval equipment and technology for ship building and maintenance; and flagging and classification services for Iranian tankers and cargo vessels.

The additional measures are broadly aligned with those introduced by the European Union and other countries.

The Government will seek public comment on an exposure draft of proposed amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 before the new sanctions are formally implemented.

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3 Comments
  1. January 10, 2013 10:09 pm

    Dear Senator,

    To start with, we need to remember an important fact that the Islamic regime of Iran with the support of 10%-20% of the country’s 70 million population cannot and does not represent Iran and its people. It is therefore very important to magnify this fact by calling this tiny minority what it really is, the Islamic regime of Tehran, instead of Iran. Hence we would not afford this little minority the legitimacy that the people of Iran have withdrawn.

    On the new sanctions, while they may further isolate and pressure this minority, there is nothing more effective than concentrating on the majority of Iranians inside and out of the country. Assisting the people of Iran in their struggle for human and democratic rights would certainly be a much more desirable device against the Ayatollah and his military machine.

  2. January 10, 2013 10:26 pm

    Dear Senator, To start with, we need to remember an important fact that the Islamic regime of Tehran with the support of 10%-20% of 70 million population of the country cannot and does certainly not represent Iran and its people. Hence we should be careful not affording this tiny minority the legitimacy the people of Iran have withdrawn. On the new sanctions, while they may further isolate and pressure the little minority; there is no match for the people of Iran in that sense. Assisting the people of Iran inside and out of the country in their struggle for human and democratic rights would certainly be much more effective.

  3. Charles permalink
    January 11, 2013 7:04 am

    Bob, you are another one of those politicians that is put in a UN position and controlled by strings. You are beginning to show your true colours. How about putting sanctions on the only rogue state in the Middle East which has 200-400 nuclear warheads and is not a member of IAEA? Which will more than likely start WW3 through false-flag operation? Which is an occupier and an apartheid regime and is set on genocide of the real owners of the land? You know that Syria and IRAN are the only countries in the ME that are not under the control of the global bankers. You on the other hand are their slave and will not hesitate to turn a blind eye to their murdering of children and sanctioning of innocent people – all for the sake of hegemony and NWO. One day you will have to answer for your part in all this.

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