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Newsline: Canada signals openness to restoring Iran diplomatic ties

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday expressed an openness to restoring diplomatic ties with Iran, four years after Canada shuttered its embassy in Tehran. Trudeau said Iran had made “significant movement towards respecting international expectations” regarding the dismantling of parts of its nuclear program that the West feared could have led to the manufacture of nuclear weapons. “That is something positive and I expect there will be (diplomatic) links now between Canada and Iran,” he said. Canada broke diplomatic ties with Iran in September 2012. Ties were strained by Tehran’s jailing of Iranian-born Canadians. Iran does not recognize dual nationality and authorities have denied Canadian detainees consular protection. In July, Iran and global powers reached a deal in Vienna that saw sanctions lifted this weekend.



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