FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ISSUE JOINT LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU URGING HIM TO SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT
“We ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.”
October 11, 2017. Today, 10 Canadian civil society organizations issued a joint letter to the The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concerns regarding the possibility of an imminent decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The JCPOA was the result of 12 years of diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran. This agreement was subsequently ratified by the United Nations Security Council through the passage of Resolution 2231.
In recent months President Trump has expressed his intention to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran. During his confrontational speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017, President Trump once again signalled his intention to withdraw from the agreement and called the deal an "embarrassment" for the United States. His statements in the UNGA regarding the nuclear agreement has been a cause for concern for other signatories to the agreement and for the people of Iran.
“We the signatories of this letter respectfully ask that your Government work with its European partners and make it a foreign policy priority for Canada, as a responsible member of the international community and a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), to do all that it can to prevent the United States from unilaterally withdrawing from the JCPOA, and persuade the United States Government to uphold its responsibilities as outlined in the agreement. Furthermore, we ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.”
The full letter including list of signatories is available here.
Morvarid Pearl Zare, PR & Communications Chair
Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)