Iran Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says an effort in Canada’s Parliament to brand Iran’s Islamist Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “terrorists” is regrettable.
“Although the government has changed in Canada and a new administration has stepped into the political fray with a new approach toward the world, the radicals are still active in the country, exerting their political pressure on the Trudeau government,” Zarif said.
The resolution, passed by the House of Commons on Tuesday, also called on the Canadian government to “cease … negotiations or discussions” to restore diplomatic relations with Iran.
The IRGC is under economic sanctions by Canada, as well as the U.S. and U.K. It is not yet listed as a terrorist entity, although the IRGC’s Quds force has been listed.
Tehran reacted quickly to the news, urging Ottawa to reconsider the case. Speaking to reporters at the end of a three-day visit to South Africa, Zarif said the move is against the interests of Canada.