William Hague (R) 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)
LONDON - Britain, the United States and Canada are increasing travel curbs on members of the Iranian government over Tehran's disputed nuclear program and human rights record, British and US officials said on Friday.
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"The UK is working closely with its partners to prevent a wide range of individuals connected with Iran's nuclear enrichment and weaponization programs from entering our countries," Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
"These include scientists, engineers and those procuring components," Hague said, adding the measures were being coordinated with partners such as the United States and Canada. "Iran continues to seek equipment and components from around the world for its illicit nuclear program."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, announcing new US visa restrictions, said the move was also aimed at holding Iranian officials accountable for human rights abuses.
"Today's actions are an important reminder to Iran that the
international community will continue to hold accountable those
officials who commit human rights abuses and suppress the democratic
aspirations of fellow citizens," Clinton said in a statement.
US and British officials said more than 50 Iranian officials would be
subject to the new restrictions but declined to identify specific
Western powers suspect Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear weapons
capability, while Tehran says its nuclear program is aimed at generating
Britain believes there is some evidence that international sanctions
have slowed Iran's nuclear program but remains concerned about its
activities and its support for repression in Syria.