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STATE FOR ISN/RA -- MICHAEL BEDKE AND JODY DANIEL
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/11/2019 TAGS: PARM, KNNP, IAEA, MNUC, TRGY, PREL SY, IR, CA SUBJECT: CANADA: SHARING U.S. VIEWS ON THE LATEST IAEA REPORTS ON IRAN AND SYRIA
REF: STATE 91633
Classified By: PolMinCouns Scott Bellard, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
1. (C) Summary: Canada is in full agreement with U.S. views concerning Iranian and Syrian nuclear-related activities. Ottawa is prepared to consider additional steps, and seeks enhanced dialogue and coordination with the U.S., as well as additional insights into U.S. thinking for the G20 and UNSC. End summary. 2. (C) In a September 10 meeting with polmiloff, Deputy Director Shawn Caza of the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) confirmed that Ottawa agreed with all the U.S. views on the latest IAEA reports on Iran and Syria (reftel). He welcomed the very close coordination between the U.S. and Canada on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program, underscoring that "we are pretty well stitched up." 3. (S) Caza predicted that the IAEA General Conference next week in Vienna would likely produce no resolutions, but that "like-minded" nations would have to manage the conference's response to issues related to the Middle East. He asked more generally about the direction of U.S. thinking on Iran, noting that "there are not a lot of easy options left." He also asked for close and sustained dialogue related to U.S. plans at the G20 meeting and at the UN, including prospects for additional action within the UN Security Council. Caza indicated that there was political appetite in Ottawa to do more, but that Canada would not act alone. Canada would, however, be eager to "join in" on any U.S. initiatives, he added, cautioning that any additional sanctions would nonetheless be labor-intensive for Canada, requiring formal amendments to existing regulatory regimes since Canada does not have an Executive Order process for such cases. 4. (C) Caza opined that perhaps the time had come to consider new approaches, even to include "going after" the oil sector in Iran. He acknowledged the likely difficulty in persuading European partners to agree to such measures, but argued that the waiver granted for the Russians to continue their existing cooperation program limited the effectiveness Qtheir existing cooperation program limited the effectiveness of current efforts.
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