Canada Closes Iranian Embassy, Suspends Diplomatic Ties, Expels Diplomats By September 12

“Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today, …”

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Sent packing: Canada closes Iranian embassy, suspends diplomatic ties (RT, Sep 7, 2012):

Closing ranks with the US and Israel, Canada has denounced Iran as the biggest threat to global security and said it will expel all of the Islamic Republic’s diplomats from its territory by September 12th.

“Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement.

“Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran … Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended,” he added.

The Foreign Minister also blasted Iran for its support of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, as well as Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. The fact that the Canadian government is a staunch ally of Israel has also played a part in the decision to cut ties with Iran.

“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’s statement claimed.

This statement by the Canadian FM was made during the APEC Summit currently underway in Vladivostok. And political analyst and the director of the Center for Research on Globalization Michel Chossudovsky told RT that it’s no coinicidence such a platform was chosen for announcing the move – which, Chossudovsky believes, wasn’t really made by Canada at all.

“This decision wasn’t taken in Ottawa, it was taken in Washington,” Chossudovsky told RT.

He added that this form of diplomatic pressure may be just the first step of many more to come.

“All acts of mediations and diplomacy and peace-building are being scrapped in favor of a possible military strike on Iran”.

Relations with Iran have been strained since former Canadian ambassador, Ken Taylor, helped rescue six Americans from Iran during the hostage crisis in 1980. Ties between the two states took and even bigger hit in 2003, after a freelance photographer with dual Canadian-Iranian citizenship died in custody after being arrested while taking photographs outside a Tehran prison. Following that incident Iran recalled its ambassador. The Islamic Republic also ordered Canada’s ambassador to leave the country after trying unsuccessfully to come to an agreement on an exchange of ambassadors for some time.

Canada is certainly not the first country to cut ties with Tehran. The United States hasn’t had an embassy in Iran since the 1980 hostage crisis. Britain also recalled its entire diplomatic staff in 2011, following a major attack on its embassy which it claims was sanctioned by the country’s ruling elite. After the attack, Britain expelled Iranian diplomats from the UK.

1 thought on “Canada Closes Iranian Embassy, Suspends Diplomatic Ties, Expels Diplomats By September 12

  1. The story is so much larger….it is about more corporate enriching wars at taxpayer expense to grab more of the world oil supply for the corporations. Even ancient Romans understood invasions of other nations were to empower and enrich the invading nation, not the croneys of the leaders, and some of the booty of the conquests always went into the treasury of the Roman empire. Not here……instead, we are given the losses of life, limb, quality of life and decency to enrich corporations who continue to harvest nations into ruin for their own greed.
    Iran is a rich and fruitful trading partner for China, Russia, India, many emerging nations in Africa, and much of the world. The Iraq wars made them very rich, they pay their bills, and buy lots of goods. Other nations like China are not going to sit by while the US continues sanctions without end. Using Israel to hit Iran will not hide the fact Israel won’t move without US approval, regardless of what some news sites claim.
    Canada made their own choice. I think the war drums are getting louder, and when Israel or the US hit Iran, it will be a bad day for all of us. We have no reason to hit them, but for corporate enrichment, and that isn’t good enough.
    Do any of the folks causing this latest debacle know or care what the costs will be to everyone? WW 3 with such foolish leaders as all the nations now have will destroy our way of living forever. Corporatists do not make good world leaders, and that is what we have around the world.
    This war is lost before a shot is fired.
    Thanks.

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