Iran's actions show the country cannot be trusted was the thrust of the message put forward by Canada's foreign affairs minister in reaction to the 5+1 agreement seeking to control Iran's nuclear ambitions.
The agreement, announced on Thursday, would see sanctions imposed by the United States and United Nations lifted in exchange for Iran meeting certain targets and undergoing inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The deal has been met with mixed reviews. While Britain, France, Germany and China were all party to the agreement, Israel has denounced the deal as a threat to its very existence.
Canada's position is one of caution and scepticism.
“A nuclear Iran would provoke a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and would be an enormously destabilizing development," Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.
Nicholson warned that a nuclear armed Iran must not be allowed and said every diplomatic effort must be made to stop that from happening but also warned that Iran's past actions do not give him much hope.
“Iran’s track record is not one that encourages trust. In addition to having a worsening human rights record, Iran continues to act as a destabilizing force in the region, providing economic and material support to the Assad regime, Shiite militias operating in Iraq and listed terrorist entities," Nicholson said.
The Canadian government has announced it will donate $3 million to the IAEA to support monitoring of Iran's actions.