Sanctions Reveal Australia’s Double Standards: Iran

Sanctions Reveal Australia’s Double Standards: Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Foreign Ministry of Iran condemned the sanctions that Australia has imposed on a number of Iranian individuals and entities, saying Australia’s silence on the Israeli regime’s aggressive attack on Iran’s diplomatic mission in Syria testifies to Canberra’s double standards.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the Iranian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the sanctions imposed by the Australian regime against a number of officials and state institutions of Iran.

The silence of Australia and its partners vis-a-vis the aggressive action and violations of international rules and law by the Zionist regime in attacking the diplomatic mission of Iran, and their stance on Iran's legitimate action against the regime in question, which was taken within the framework of the inherent right of self-defense according to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, indicate the double-standard approach of Australia and its Western partners towards developments in the region, the ministry said, according to its website.

The double-standard approach of Australia and its partners in selectively adhering to international norms not only fails to reduce instability in the region but also, by remaining silent against the Zionist regime's attack on diplomatic premises and providing it with weapons for the brutal killing of the defenseless people of Gaza, encourages the Israeli regime to violate international rules and commit more war crimes, thus steering the region towards instability, it added.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the main cause of tension and insecurity in the region is the occupation and the criminal approach of the Zionist regime in killing the Palestinian people, along with the relentless support of the evil coalition, including Australia, for this regime.

Iran strongly condemns Australia's illegal use of sanctions and its compliance with Washington, reserving the right to take reciprocal measures, it added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Australia said on May 14 that Canberra has imposed targeted sanctions on an additional five Iranian individuals and three entities, in response to what it called Iran’s destabilizing behavior.

Senior officials sanctioned by Australia include Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani.

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