The U.S. and Iran have finally struck a deal about nuclear arms after months of negotiations. U.S president Barack Obama announced early Tuesday morning that the deal “will be built on verification” and will be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The deal will see the country dismantle 2/3 of its centrifuges as well as 98% of its weapons grade material for the next 15 years. In return, Iran will receive relief from the crippling economic sanctions that have been in place for years.
While some are praising the deal, others have criticized the agreement. One notable figure who is opposed is Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the deal a “Historic Mistake”.
“I expect, [but] I’m not certain, that Prime Minister Harper will take the side of Israel”
Erika Simpson is a professor of political science at Western University and is very optimistic about this deal, but does not know how our government will respond
“We do have a consistent policy in Ottawa, right now, on behalf of the conservative, where they support the Pro-Netanyahu forces”
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Rob Nicholson, has released a statement saying that sanctions placed on Iran by Canada will remain despite to deal. He added that Canada “will continue to judge Iran by its actions not its words”
Although the deal has passed the international community, it still has hurdles to face in the American Congress