The United States praised the Canadian Parliament’s vote that condemned Iran for supporting terrorism around the world.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the move in a tweet and called on other nations to hold Iran’s leaders accountable.
U.S. welcomes #Canada’s decision to strongly condemn #Iran for ongoing sponsorship of terror & to add #IRGC to Canada’s list of terrorist entities. Iranians are standing up to the corrupt regime’s abuses. We support them & call on other nations to hold Iran’s leaders accountable.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 15, 2018
Canadian lawmakers on June 12 approved a resolution that “strongly condemns the current regime in Iran for its ongoing sponsorship of terrorism around the world, including instigating violent attacks on the Gaza border.” They also urged the Ottawa government to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group and abandon any move to restore normal relations with Iran.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government had been discussing resumption of diplomatic ties that were severed in 2012. But the talks were halted while Canada demanded that Iran allow dual Canadian-Iranian citizen Maryam Mombeini to leave the country. Her husband, Kavous Seyed Emami, died earlier this year under suspicious circumstances in Iran’s Ervin prison.
President Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal in May and announced renewed economic sanctions. He said the Tehran regime was the primary instigator of instability in the Middle East and a sponsor of terrorism. Canada was not a party to the deal.