Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Canada to lift sanctions against Iran, Trudeau’s briefing book anticipates


As the Middle East grows more turbulent, Canadian officials have prepared a briefing book for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looking at Canadian prospects in the region.

This comes as tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are rising following Saudi’s execution of a Shiite cleric last weekend.

The Trudeau’s briefing book, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information, contains five assessments.

According to an assessment, Trudeau has been advised to anticipate the easing of possible sanctions against Iran in the coming months if progress is made on implementing last year’s landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and six countries, including the United States.

“Canada will most likely lift sanctions against Iran this year. The United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China negotiated a deal with Iran that would see it scale back its ability to produce a nuclear weapon for a minimum of 15 years and significantly decrease its ability to enrich uranium for 10 years. If Iran complies, Canada would have to lift UN sanctions “as early as winter 2016 and as late as summer 2016.” says Trudeau’s briefing book.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran could be days away from fulfilling its end of that deal, which compels Tehran to scale back technology that could be used to make a nuclear weapon.

If that occurs, western countries, including Canada, would be compelled to lift United Nations sanctions against Iran.

“Canada will have to withdraw or modify the UN Iran Regulations … as early as winter 2016 and as late as summer 2016,” Federal officials have told Trudeau.

Trudeau has pledged to reopen Canada’s embassy in Iran and re-establish diplomatic relations, but has yet to formally announce that.

See also:

Justin Trudeau to Restore Canada’s Relationship With Iran

We are ready to re-engage with Iran, Canadian new FM says

Canada’s Iranian Diaspora Supports Thaw With Tehran



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