Canada Moves to Label Iran's Revolutionary Guard as ‘Terrorists'
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.
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 resolution is expected to be discussed at the cabinet level, and it is not yet clear if legislators will take further steps to legally designate the Iranian organization as terrorists under Canadian law.
The IRGC is already 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 already 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.
New Zealand to Tax Tourists
Most international visitors to New Zealand will have to pay a little more to see Middle Earth.
Starting next year, tourists will pay between $23 and $33 to enter the country, the government announced Friday.
The government estimates the tax will bring in as much as $55 million a year, depending on the exchange rate.
The money will be used for tourism infrastructure and conservation.
Neighboring Australia, New Zealand's top source of visitors, and people from most Pacific Island Forum countries would be exempt from the tax.
The proposal also includes big hikes to other immigration fees and taxes.