Canadian officials have ended relations with Iran and forcibly expelled Iranian diplomats, giving them 5 days to leave. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the Iranian regime represents “the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.”
Canadian diplomats have already left Iran and Baird is urging all Canadians to avoid travel there.
When asked why the abrupt shift in policy, Baird stated that Iran:
“refuses to comply with U.N. resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide; it is among the world’s worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups. Moreover, the Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel. Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran. Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians, and their safety is our number one priority.””
Baird also accused Iran of providing military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a leader who’s been widely criticized for his bloody suppression of the rebellion there.
According to the IRNA news agency, Iranian spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Saturday said that the “Hostile attitude of the Canadian racist government is indeed pursuing the policies as dictated by the Zionist regime and the UK.”