The iranian nuclear issue on the menu of the G7, says Trudeau

Le nucléaire iranien au menu du G7, dit Trudeau

OTTAWA – The american withdrawal from the agreement on the iranian nuclear issue will be inevitably on the list of topics which will engage heads of State and government will converge to the region of Charlevoix for the G7 summit in June.

This is what was reported Wednesday the host of the meeting, the prime minister Justin Trudeau.

“We will continue to demonstrate that the international community is firm, that Iran must not develop nuclear weapons, and certainly you’re going to have a conversation on peace and security,” he said in a media scrum on his arrival at the parliament.

He stressed that he did not read that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, makes this agreement in 2015. Canada, he reiterated, “continues to support, with the international community, this program”.

“We maintain our position that the JCPOA (the acronym of the agreement), even if it is not perfect, is an important measure to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” said prime minister Trudeau.

The canadian government expressed on Tuesday its “regret” in the face of the decision of the president Trump to withdraw from the agreement that had been signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Several other allies, including France and Germany, have also expressed their disappointment.

“France, Germany and the United Kingdom regret the us decision to pull out of the nuclear deal the iranian government. The international regime to combat nuclear proliferation is at stake,” wrote Tuesday on Twitter the president of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

The leader of france and the German chancellor Angela Merkel had both visited Donald Trump in recent months in the hope of convincing him to waive his or her intention to withdraw from the JCPOA.

But the tenant of the White House has not folded.

“We can’t prevent a nuclear bomb iran with the structure rotted from the current agreement. The agreement with Iran is failing in its essence”, has he hammered declared in a speech of ten minutes, on Tuesday.

A new – and very distinct – line of divide is emerging as well in anticipation of the meeting between the leaders of the group of seven (Canada, France, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, plus the european Union).

The us president, Donald Trump, is expected to La Malbaie. There should be at least another high-level meeting, the one with the dictator of north korea Kim Jong-un, sent in another hemisphere.

“We look forward to welcoming our counterparts from the G7 countries”, said Wednesday in an e-mail Eleanore Catenaro, spokesman of prime minister Trudeau, noting, however, that it is up to the different member countries “confirm the movement of their heads”.

Shy, conservative

The conservative Party, it has refused to rule both on the decision of Donald Trump to withdraw from the agreement in iran on the agreement as such.

“When it is a question of stopping the iranian nuclear program, the diplomatic efforts and negotiation are always the best line of conduct and this should remain the priority,” said the party spokesman on foreign affairs, Erin O’toole.

The lieutenant training policy in Quebec, Alain Rayes, had held about similar a few hours earlier during a media scrum at the end of the weekly meeting of the conservative caucus.

“I am still in favor of diplomatic negotiations in the issues. (…) We’re going to watch how the government will behave, and we will be in a position that will be taken by our party, but I can’t tell you about it more today”, he exposed.

Reporters asked if he shared the same point of view that the former prime minister Stephen Harper in relation to Iran. It is that last march, the ex-conservative chief has published an open letter in the Wall Street Journal to give his support to Donald Trump.

“The president, Trump seems to understand instinctively how the implementation of the agreement iran is deficient. He also seems to understand that the United States and its allies have a great interest to stand firmly behind Israel”, it reads.

“Instead of reining in the nuclear ambitions of Iran, the agreement of 2015 has given the plan a road map for achieving them”, he laments in the letter that co-wrote the former Spanish prime minister Jose María Aznar. The two are members of the group Friends of Israel Initiative.


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