FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2018
Ottawa, ON – Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Israel had obtained more than 100,000 secret Iranian nuclear files. The documents indicate Iranian leaders lied about having an illicit nuclear weapons program. This is a clear violation of the P5+1 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which compelled Iran to disclose all previous nuclear activity.
Prime Minister Netanyahu announced Israel is turning the files over to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and others in the international community. Across the political spectrum in Israel, government and opposition parties alike have voiced strong concerns about flaws in the JCPOA and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
In response, CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel issued the following:
“Given Iran’s continued calls for Israel’s destruction, we have always supported diplomacy to block Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb. The mass of high-level intelligence revealed today indicates Iranian officials covered up their secret nuclear weapons program, a clear violation of the agreement.
“This development reinforces our long-stated concern about the agreement and our assertion that the Iranian regime cannot be trusted. The intelligence revealed today clearly shows the failure of current oversight measures, which have proven to be insufficient and incapable of finding this damning evidence.
“As all three major Canadian political parties have stated, the success of the nuclear agreement depends on strong verification to ensure Iranian compliance. We urge Canadian leaders from all parties to reaffirm this common-sense consensus to our allies who are party to the P5+1 accord. Today’s news should also remind the world of the need to counter Iran’s human rights abuses, sponsorship of terrorism, and dangerous efforts to build a military presence across the region – including in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
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