Canada closes Iranian embassy, Tells Iran they have 5 days to leave the country
Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada within five days, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Friday, that Tehran is the biggest threat to global security.
"The Iranian regime is providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime; it refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide," Baird said in a statement.
"It is among the world's worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the Government of Canada to formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act."
Accusing Iran of showing no empathy for the safety of foreign diplomats, Baird said "Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today."
Canada's relationship with Iran has been strained since former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor helped with the hostage recovery of six Americans from Iran in 1980.
Britain weekend it's ties with Iran following an attack on its embassy in Tehran in November 2011, which it insists was done by the Islamic Republic's ruling elite. After the attack, Britain removed all of its diplomats out of Iran and suspended Iranian diplomats from U.K. soil.
Baird cited Iran's nuclear program, its hostility towards Israel and Iranian military assistance to the government of President Bashar Assad Syria, which is locked in civil war with rebels.
Iran accused Canada on Saturday of "hostile behavior" under Israeli and British influence and it raised the prospect of swift retaliation.
Canada Prime Minister Ottawa cited Iran's disputed nuclear work, which Western states see as a disguised effort to develop nuclear bombs, its hostility toward Israel and alleged military aid to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling a civil uprising.
Canada's anti-Iranian policies included a stripping of money transfers for Iranian students who are studying in Canada and the blocking the bank accounts of ordinary Iranians as a result of Western policies imposed on Iran's banking sector.
Ottawa's bilateral relations with Tehran deteriorated markedly in 2003, when Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in Tehran's Evin prison while in custody.
The closure of Ottawa's Tehran mission is the most significant row between Iran and another country since the ransacking of the UK embassy, which British officials said could not have happened without some level of government consent.
At least the Iranian Foreign Ministry recognizes the work of the Harper Government™and know he doesn't represent Canadians.
The Harper Government has brought us down to Zionist slave state.
"The current government of Canada under the leadership of Mr Stephen Harper is known for extreme policies in the domain of foreign policy,"
The Iranian regime has contributed nothing to the world except for Sharia Law (unwanted) and terrorism.
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Thank you, Canada, for your straight and brave decision. Any support or even tolerance to fascistic regimes leads to the disaster as it already happened in 1933. Iran mentally is in the 13 century with it's barbaric mullahs. But tacking into account that new Hitler-Ahmadinejad is aiming to build atomic bomb, hates the West culture Iran became extremely dangerous for all freed nations. Communistic countries including China need Iran as a counterweight. So, The West must be UNITED! hope other countries will follow Canada soon.
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