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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1627

Senator CARRICK -Yesterday Senator Bishopasked me for details of proposed American sanctions against Iran. An answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, which states:

The honourable senator will by now have seen reports of President Carter's announcement on 17 April of new United States economic measures against Iran. Mr Carter indicated that further steps, including a complete ban on the export of food and medicines, and the interruption of communications with Iran, would follow these new measures if the hostages in Tehran were not released. He pointed out that only a limited range of peaceful measures remained available, and that other actions might become necessary if the hostages were not freed. In this context President Carter, in response to questions, referred to 'some sort of military action' aimed at the interruption of commerce with Iran. He said that he did not feel it was appropriate to set a specific time schedule for the imposition of further actions.

In his announcement, President Carter referred to the current consideration by allied countries of further measures against Iran. As the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced on 15 April the United States has requested that the Australian Government take certain steps in support of United States actions. In his statement, the Minister said it had been decided not to appoint a new Ambassador to Iran for so long as the hostage question was unresolved and that, consistent with the restraint that Australia is showing with respect to trade, the Australian Trade Commissioner in Tehran would be withdrawn. I understand that the Minister will be announcing further measures in support of the United States today.

The Australian Government is determined to maintain its strong and consistent support for efforts by the United States Government to secure the release of the hostages. The United States has on several occasions expressed appreciation of Australia's efforts. Throughout the hostages crisis, consultations between the United States and Australia have been detailed and timely.

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