Liberal Party of Canada statement on the nuclear deal with Iran

July 15, 2015

MONTREAL – Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic, Marc Garneau, issued the following statement on the announcement of a deal limiting Iranian nuclear activity:

“The Liberal Party of Canada welcomes this significant agreement with Iran limiting Iranian nuclear activity. We commend the P5 + 1 nations for this achievement. We believe in the importance of a diplomatic solution while ensuring Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon.

“As President Obama stated, this agreement is built on verification, not trust. The Liberal Party of Canada agrees with Canada’s allies, including the United States, with respect to containing Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“Iran must comply with the terms of this agreement and match its words with concrete deeds. This will require continued vigilance and verifiable measures. It will be imperative that Iran act in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency during any inspections.

“We recognize that the current Iranian regime does not always represent or speak for the Iranian people. Liberals believe that 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.”