(No. 280 - September 28, 2009 - 8:30 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding Iran’s September 28 test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile:
"Canada calls on Iran to immediately cease its ballistic missile programs, which, together with Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities, pose a grave threat to international peace and security.
"We call on Iran to cooperate fully and comprehensively with the International Atomic Energy Agency investigation of the country’s entire nuclear program, including its illegal enrichment activities.
"Canada will work in concert with its allies to resolve this issue as long as Iran remains in non-compliance with its international obligations.
"We also call on Iran to address its illicit nuclear activities with the international community when it meets with the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council and Germany in Geneva on Thursday, October 1, 2009."
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