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Weekend Reads Nuclear: For Jean-Yves Le Drian, we must "tell Iran that this is enough"

08:40  17 january  2021
08:40  17 january  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

Goodale rejects Iran's offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane

  Goodale rejects Iran's offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane OTTAWA — Canada's special adviser on the Iranian military's downing of a passenger jet one year ago this week is rejecting Tehran's offer to pay $150,000 to the families of those killed in the tragedy. Ralph Goodale, the former Liberal public safety minister, says Iran doesn't have the right to offer compensation to victims’ families unilaterally. Goodale told The Canadian Press the final amount will be subject to negotiations between Iran and Canada and the four other countries whose citizens were killed on the plane. Iranian state television announced on Dec.

Jean - Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing that a dispute mechanism triggered by France, Britain and Germany aimed to resolve the problems diplomatically. The three European powers launched a process to formally rebuke Iran ’s violations of the 2015 accord on Tuesday.

France's foreign minister, Jean Yves Le Drian , told the Journal du Dimanche in a Saturday interview that it is "urgent" for the United States and Iran to return to the He added that it will not be enough for both sides to simply return to the JCPOA, but also stressed the importance of negotiating "ballistic

France, Germany and the United Kingdom have also asked Iran to give up the production of uranium metal

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Jean-Yves Le Drian. © Damjan Tadic / CROPIX / SIPA The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. CLOSED - France, Germany and the UK have also called on Iran to stop producing uranium metal

Jean-Yves Le Drian wants to be tough on Iran's nuclear dossier. To do this, he even goes so far as to use a direct and therefore undiplomatic tone, which is rather unusual for a foreign minister. In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche , he indeed believes that Iran is in the process of acquiring nuclear weapons and "it is urgent to say that this is enough".

Goodale rejects Iran's offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane

  Goodale rejects Iran's offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane OTTAWA — Canada's special adviser on the Iranian military's downing of a passenger jet one year ago this week is rejecting Tehran's offer to pay $150,000 to the families of those killed in the tragedy. Ralph Goodale, the former Liberal public safety minister, says Iran doesn't have the right to offer compensation to victims’ families unilaterally. Goodale told The Canadian Press the final amount will be subject to negotiations between Iran and Canada and the four other countries whose citizens were killed on the plane. Iranian state television announced on Dec.

France's Foreign Minister Jean - Yves Le Drian says the Iranian nuclear deal is "not dead" despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw. The 2015 agreement curbed Iran 's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by the UN, US and EU. But Mr Trump argued

French Foreign Minister Jean - Yves Le Drian has said that Iran and the United States have just over a month to start a dialogue on easing tensions in the Middle East " We consider that these initiatives, which have not been successful for now, are still on the table," Le Drian told parliamentarians in Paris.

New deal with Biden

Jean-Yves Le Drian therefore pleads for a return of the United States to the 2015 Vienna Agreement as soon as Joe Biden takes office. "Iran - I say it clearly, is in the process of acquiring nuclear capacity," said Jean-Yves Le Drian . “There is also a presidential election in Iran in mid-June. It is therefore urgent to tell the Iranians that this is enough and to arrange for Iran and the United States to return to the Vienna Agreement. "

This agreement provides for a partial lifting of international sanctions against Iran, in exchange for measures designed to ensure that the country does not acquire atomic weapons. But Donald Trump walked out unilaterally in 2018. “Coming out of this deal, the Trump administration chose the strategy he called maximum pressure against Iran . The result was that this strategy only increased the risk and the threat. We must therefore stop this mechanism, ”said the head of French diplomacy.

Timeline: A look at Canada's relationship with Iran, before and after the PS752 crash

  Timeline: A look at Canada's relationship with Iran, before and after the PS752 crash OTTAWA — It has been 66 years since Canada and Iran established diplomatic ties. Those had frayed and been mended many times before the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines flight near Tehran killed all 176 on board, including at least 55 Canadian citizens and more than 100 people with ties to Canada. Here is a brief timeline of events in the relationship between Iran and Canada: 1955: Formal diplomatic relations established. 1956: The first Iranian mission opens in Ottawa. 1959: Canada dispatches its first head-of-mission to Tehran. 1979: During the Islamic Revolution, Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor helps shelter six staff of the U.S. Embassy over 79 days.

Iran has been accelerating its breaches of the nuclear deal and earlier this month started pressing With presidential elections in Iran due in June, Le Drian said it was urgent to " tell the Iranians that this is enough " and to bring Iran says sanctions must be lifted before it reverses its nuclear breaches.

French foreign minister Jean - Yves Le Drian said North Korea appeared bent on boosting its nuclear capability despite sending out mixed signals. The North's official KCNA said in a commentary: " This is an unpardonable provocation going against the aspiration and desire of all Koreans for the

"There is an emergency"

However, "it will not be enough". “It will take difficult discussions over ballistic proliferation and Iran’s destabilization of its neighbors in the region. I am bound by secrecy about the timing of this kind of file, but it is urgent, ”according to the minister.

Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday that it was making progress in producing uranium metal to fuel a reactor. The subject is sensitive because uranium metal can be used as a component for nuclear weapons and the 2015 agreement includes a 15-year ban on "the production or acquisition of plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" . On Saturday, in a joint statement, France, Germany and the United Kingdom called on Iran to stop producing uranium metal.

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Alireza Nader: Canada has a limited window to get concessions from Iran .
Canada’s relations with the Islamic Republic in Iran appear to be getting more difficult by the day, after a Canadian government report on Ukraine Airline Flight 752, which was shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in January 2020 , criticized the Islamist regime for denying responsibility for the plane’s destruction. The report alleges that Tehran has refused to conduct its investigation in “a truly independent, objective and transparent manner.” Canadian officials, the report further states , are particularly frustrated that the regime “is investigating itself, largely in secret. That does not inspire confidence or trust.

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