Canadian officials say they will only ease sanctions if Iran demilitarizes its nuclear program, noting Iran’s record isn’t trustworthy.
The Canadian government has not shared US President Barack Obama’s enthusiasm over the deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program last Thursday, by which the Islamic regime continues enriching uranium at reduced levels in exchange for the removal of sanctions.
Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson responded to the deal, warning that the Islamic regime may still be able to obtain a nuclear weapon even with the agreement.
“We have to make every possible diplomatic effort to ensure that Iran will never be able to achieve the ability to develop a nuclear weapon,” said Nicholson, noting such a development could spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
The foreign minister added that “Iran’s track record is not one that encourages trust.”
He announced that Canada has decided to allocate $3 million for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to oversee the implementation of the nuclear deal.
Canada will continue to judge Iran based on its actions and not on its words, concluded Nicholson.
James Bezan, the parliamentary secretary to Defense Minister Jason Kenney, told the Canadian CBC News that Canada will only consider removing sanctions on Iran if it is sure the latter “finally and honestly” neutralizes the military aspects of its nuclear program,
“Until then, we are going to be very conscientious and skeptical of the outcome here,” concluded Bezan.