U.S. applauds Canadian lawmakers’ rebuke of Iran over terrorism

The United States applauded the Canadian parliament’s condemnation of Iran for support for terrorism. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the move in a tweet and called on other nations to hold Iran’s leaders accountable.

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 as a terrorist group and abandon any move to restore normal relations with Tehran

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 Tehran allow dual Canadian-Iranian citizen Maryam Mombeini to leave the country. Her husband, Kavous Seyed Emami, died 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.