Canada "deeply skeptical" of Iran nuclear deal



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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - Canada's foreign minister says he's "deeply skeptical" about the international community's nuclear deal with Iran. Canada will keep its sanctions in place.

Foreign Minister John Baird said in Ottawa on Sunday that past actions predict future actions and "Iran has not earned the right to have the benefit of the doubt. "

Canada's Conservative government, a staunch ally of Israel, has banned nearly all exports to and imports from Iran over concerns about Iran's nuclear program. Canada also shut its embassy in Tehran in 2012 and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave Ottawa.

Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said at the conclusion of the Halifax International Security Forum on Sunday that Canada will evaluate the nuclear deal on its merits.

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