I welcome today’s European Council declaration, which announces the EU will adopt strong measures to implement and accompany UN Security Council Resolution 1929, including in the trade, financial, banking and insurance, transport, and gas and oil sectors, in addition to new visa bans and asset freezes. We look forward to the announcement of specific EU measures by the Foreign Affairs Council.
I am also pleased to welcome Australia’s announcement that it is taking additional steps against key targets in Iran consistent with UN Security Council resolutions. These new autonomous sanctions will apply to Bank Mellat, one of the largest banks to finance Iran’s nuclear and missile programs; the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL), which has been involved in proliferation; and General Rostam Qasemi, a key leader of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps entity.
These measures are part of the international community’s vigorous effort to build upon UN Security Council Resolution 1929 and address Iran’s noncompliance with its international obligations. They send a clear message to Iran’s leaders: uphold your international responsibilities or face growing international isolation and consequences.
As last week’s P-5+1 Ministerial Statement reaffirmed, the United States and our partners are committed to engaging Iran in pursuit of a diplomatic resolution to the international community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program and other issues. The Obama Administration will continue to work closely with the international community to hold Iran accountable. We hope that Resolution 1929 and these additional measures will affect the strategic calculus of Iran’s leaders and influence them to take a more constructive course.