News Release Article from  Global Affairs Canada

Canada welcomes announcement of 'Implementation Day' of Iran nuclear deal as good news

January 17, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the announcement yesterday that Iran has verifiably taken the measures necessary under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for “Implementation Day.” 

Implementation Day represents a key milestone for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was agreed to by Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) plus Germany (the P5+1).

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will help ensure that Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon and that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes. It will also reduce the risk of a destabilizing nuclear arms race in the region.

Iran has fulfilled several critical commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, rolling back its nuclear program. In return, the UN, the European Union and the United States have committed to giving Iran significant nuclear sanctions relief.

Along with other UN member states, Canada is reviewing its sanctions regime against Iran in the context of the sanctions relief being provided as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and will comply with the decisions of the United Nations Security Council.

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“Canada commends the P5+1 and the EU for their leadership, which led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and welcomes the announcement that Implementation Day has been reached. This is a major milestone for the deal.

“As the international community has made clear, this agreement is built on verification, not trust. As long as it is fully implemented, Canada believes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will help to ensure that Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon.

“Canada remains strongly supportive of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], which continues to verify Iran’s implementation of its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • On July 14, 2015, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) plus Germany (the P5+1) and Iran agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program would be exclusively peaceful.
  • In December 2015, Canada approved an additional contribution of $1 million to support the IAEA’s essential verification role, bringing the country’s total support for the IAEA’s verification work in Iran to $10 million since 2014.
  • On January 16, 2016, the Director General of the IAEA submitted a report to the IAEA Board of Governors and to the UN Security Council stating that the agency had verified Iran’s implementation of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action required for Implementation Day to occur.
  • The commitments include Iran shipping the vast majority of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia, turning over more than 13,000 centrifuges to IAEA-monitored storage and rendering an essential component of the Arak heavy water reactor inoperable, making it unusable in any other reactor.

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