Australia–Iran relations

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Australia-Iran relations


Monthly value (A$ millions) of Australian merchandise exports to Iran since 1988
Monthly value of Iranian merchandise exports to Australia (A$ millions) since 1988

Australia–Iran relations refer to bilateral relations between Australia and Iran. Australia has maintained a continuous diplomatic presence in Iran since the Australian Embassy in Tehran was established in 1968. Iran has had an embassy in Canberra since 1971.[1]

According to a 2012 BBC World Service poll, only 7% of Australians surveyed viewed Iran's influence positively, 80% of those surveyed expressed a negative view.[2]


From October 2008, Australia imposed sanctions in relation to Iran's proliferation sensitive nuclear and missile programs and efforts to contravene United Nations Security Council sanction. These sanctions relate to gold, precious metals, and arms.[3]

The Australian government established further sanctions in January 2013 that limit Australian business with oil, gas, petroleum and financial sectors in Iran. Foreign Minister of Australia Bob Carr said " These sanctions further increase pressure on Iran to comply with its nuclear non-proliferation obligations and with UN Security Council resolutions and to engage in serious negotiations on its nuclear program" [4]

Diplomatic relations[edit]

Australian envoys attended the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran, Iran in August 2012.[5]

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