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Sanctions on Iran

August 22, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced implementation of Australian sanctions on Iran, including trade in oil, petroleum, gas, financial services and precious metals.

Senator Carr said the sanctions were necessary following the failure of the Iranian Government to engage constructively with the international community on its nuclear program.

“These sanctions aim to increase pressure on Iran to comply with nuclear non-proliferation obligations and with United Nations Security Council resolutions,” Senator Carr said.

“By introducing these sanctions — alongside others such as those of the European Union — we seek to bring Iran back to serious negotiations.”

Australia’s new sanctions would take effect under the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011 to restrict dealings with Iran’s oil, gas, petroleum and financial sectors; and trade in gold, precious metals, diamonds and new Iranian currency.

The sanctions measures targeting Iran’s financial services sector prohibit:

• any Iranian financial institution setting up in Australia, and any Australian financial institution setting up in Iran;
• any commercial relationship between Australian and Iranian financial institutions; and
• trade with Iranian Government entities in gold, precious metals, diamonds and new Iranian currency.

They are in addition to Australia’s existing arms embargo and financial and travel sanctions on individuals and entities.

10 Comments
  1. August 22, 2012 7:21 pm

    Iran have also recently gone down the ageing population dance as well as revoking access for women to education in some 70 universities (IIRC). This is deeply concerning.

  2. August 23, 2012 11:41 pm

    The proposed sanctions against Iran highlight the incredible hypocrisy that permits Israel’s unfettered access to nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.

    • coconnor1 permalink
      August 24, 2012 10:54 am

      Well said

      • Tony permalink
        August 26, 2012 2:39 pm

        I second that.

      • August 27, 2012 1:17 pm

        Elizabeth Murray. in her piece, The Human cost of war on Iran.
        (http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/23-8)
        quotes this source.

        ” In a thought-provoking piece on this subject, Professor Marsha B. Cohen, a specialist on Iranian-Israeli issues, notes that a 114-page paper commissioned in 2009 by the Center for International and Strategic Studies, “Study on a Possible Israeli Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Development Facilities,” devoted just two pages to the subject of anticipated human losses (pp 90-91).

        The study says that “any strike on the Bushehr nuclear reactor will cause the immediate death of thousands of people living in or adjacent to the site, and thousands of subsequent cancer deaths or even up to hundreds of thousands depending on the population density along the contamination plume,” adding that “Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be heavily affected by the radionuclides. ”

        In other words, the paper acknowledges that since the spread of nuclear radiation does not stop at national borders, civilian populations throughout the region, including those of U.S. allies, will be forced to suffer the horrific consequences of any Israeli military adventures in Iran.”

  3. August 25, 2012 5:09 pm

    I think that perhaps Australia could play an intermediary role in helping Iran get out of the trap it’s in. Just as with Saddam and WMDs, it is very difficult for Iran to convince it’s enemies that it has in fact abandoned plans for a nuclear weapon. Firstly, how to prove that you are not doing something. Not easy. Secondly if the US NIE (National Intelligence Estimates are not believed by Israel, what hope does Iran have of being believed? The NIE concluded Iran abandoned bomb plans in 2003

    • August 25, 2012 6:55 pm

      Iran attacking Israel with nuclear weapons doesn’t make sense; the result would be more deaths among Arabs than among Jews. Nuclear weapons make sense only as a deterrent against invasion, and it seems to me that at least one group in Israel is hell-bent on attacking Iran, whether or not Iran possesses nuclear weapons.

  4. August 27, 2012 12:53 pm

    Tonight (Radio National, Monday 27 August 2012) on Late Night Live Phillip Adams has an item titled The ‘Pariah State’: How the West got it wrong with Iran. That could be an illuminating discussion.

  5. Tony permalink
    August 27, 2012 4:44 pm

    I’m less concerned about Iran than why we continue to support islamist terrorists in Libya, and now Syria. Even Robert Fisk admits this. The Syrian gov. has been blamed for another ‘alleged’ atrocity by ‘activists’. However this viedo appears to contradict this.

  6. August 27, 2012 5:28 pm

    If Israel uses nuclear weapons it will have little or nothing to do with strategic necessity.

    In 1945 the blockade of Japan by the US Navy was not only starving Japan into defeat it was also preventing Japan from repatriating its troops from Manchuria, which it had occupied. And the Japanese were more terrified of the Russians in Manchuria than ever they were of the Americans.

    But the imminent collapse of Japan had little influence on those engaged in the Manhattan Project. Far from being the ‘least abhorrent’ option considered the atom bomb was the only option considered. The developers of the bomb were dead-set on seeing their invention in action. Of course, the developers were not to be the ones who got dead.

    Just as there was no good military reason for the Allies using nuclear weapons in 1945 there will be no good military reason for Israel doing likewise in the future. But there may be a political reason, as Israel continues trying to convince its population that the world is against Israel.

    Recommended reading: “Hiroshima Nagasaki” by Paul Ham.

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