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Canada must maintain pressure on Iran

By Shimon Koffler Fogel      

Diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions proved effective in bringing Iran to the negotiating table on the nuclear file and are the best way to impel Iranian compliance on multiple fronts, writes Shimon Fogel.

Prime Minister Trudeau noted a commitment 'to move Iran away from its position of violation of human rights, of nuclear ambitions, and indeed of sponsoring terrorism around the world.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadians across the political spectrum share the desire for Iran to rejoin the family of nations as a responsible, cooperative state. This aspiration has been the driving force of Canada-Iran relations for decades, and a cornerstone of Canadian efforts to compel the regime in Tehran to abandon its abhorrent behaviour. The Liberal Party of Canada captured this sentiment lucidly in its response to the P5+1 nuclear deal: “Iran must be held to account for its support of terrorist organizations, its longstanding human rights violations, its aggression towards Israel, as well as its nuclear program.” Now in government, the Liberals will have to ensure this principled position is not compromised as UN sanctions dissolve and as Canada and Iran re-engage diplomatically.

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