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Iran slams Canada for breaking ties

2012-09-08 08:32

Tehran - Iran hit out at Canada's decision to break off diplomatic ties, with foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast accusing the Canadian government of being "under the influence of the Zionist regime".

Canada closed its Tehran embassy on Friday and ordered Iranian diplomats be expelled, in a severance of ties in which it accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest threat to world peace.

Mehmanparast, quoted by the Isna news agency, retorted: "Canada's current government is an extremist government... influenced by the Zionist regime [Israel], which takes measures to put pressure on the Iranian people and create problems for nationals of our country."

The spokesperson added that Iran would give an "adequate reply" to Canada's decision, which was accompanied by a strongly worded attack on Tehran's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's pariah regime and Iran's "incitement to genocide" against Israel.

In announcing the action, Ottawa cited concerns for the safety of its staff at the diplomatic mission in Tehran and also attacked the failure of Iran's rulers to account for the nation's disputed nuclear programme.

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

"Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days," he added.

Mehmanparast said Canada had in the past taken "illegal unilateral measures" including sanctions against Iran's central bank, the closing of Iranian nationals' bank accounts and the ending of consular services to Iranians.

Some 400 000 Iranians live in Canada, according to the authorities here.

Comments
  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-08 08:44

    What has Zionism got to do with it? These Ratbags are out of control and need to be told that.

      henryian73 - 2012-09-08 09:14

      Iran wants to wipe Israel from the face of the earth but I think Israel will wipe Iran from the face of the earth and rather soon. I'm also having an MTN contract but will not renew it as I have lost all respect for MTN and their involvement with Iran.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 23:47

      It is unconscionable for any South African to have an MTN contract. MTN profits from the oppressive Syrian and Iranian regimes. They're more oppressive than even the Apartheid regime was. Our government licenses MTN. Our post-Apartheid government.

  • Andre - 2012-09-08 08:46

    Iran can't be a "nice place" if 400000 Iranians live in Canada. Well done Canada, you have acted correctly!

  • sarah.fernandez.986 - 2012-09-08 08:54

    It's like we must dominate the world , Iranians should not even try to come up . Canada has an extreme right government and a Zionist pet dog . Iran will come out successful irrespective .

      patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-08 09:21

      so anyone who disagrees with iran is a zionist? Stay off the hash, it clouds your mind.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-08 09:38

      . The Iranians are good people, but, it is that THEIR country has been hijacked by terrorists. The West does not have to overthrow these thugs, the Iranians will do so themselves !!!

      iceman196 - 2012-09-08 10:21

      how, by nuking a city, hope you know israel is stock piled with nukes so if iran wants to play, israel can play too

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-08 10:25

      Sarah, you are spouting absolute Garbage. With an opinion like this, I am surprised that you could string it together in a literate message.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-08 10:30

      Canada has taken its honourable place among the ranks of Zionist slave states next to the US, Germany, France, Britain and so on.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-08 10:41

      I'll think I'll take my chances with the Zionist west than then rag-tag-muslim-wackjob-lets-kill-everything-fundamentalism. Good on you Canada. If these guys can talk about wiping Israel off the face of the earth then Screw them.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 11:19

      Mgoqi is wearing her Che Guevarra uniform again, holding 2-hour long Castro speeches in front of the mirror.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-08 11:35

      Fidel, ""Canada has taken its honourable place among the ranks of Zionist slave states next to the US, Germany, France, Britain and so on"" Shame, it must be horrible being 'jailed' , in this pathethic little anti Western world of yours, FULL OF HATRED, and just silly talk. Break your shackles and become truly FREE, and leave these other idiots entertain each other

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 17:31

      Unfortunately you're confusing the Iranian regime with the Iranian people. Two different things.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 17:31

      The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel and denies the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterminated. It is dishonest, highly repressive, and self-serving at the expense of the Iranian people and humanity. It's days are numbered, and it knows this.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 23:44

      Fidel has taken his place among the few, very few, people who believe Nelson Mandela is phony. In the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago, he said that Nelson Mandela is a lackey of the West, a phony, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Imagine that.

  • nigel.vos.1 - 2012-09-08 23:57

    Fidel - Rubbish

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 01:11

      Does idiocy run in your entire family as a result of inbreeding or is it just you?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-09 02:23

      Fidel, For many, Nigel's comment would be on the border, of what is acceptable, but your response is totally unacceptable. Unfortunatelly you don't have the brain capacity and the decency in you, to realize this. Actaully, on second thouhhts, Nigel is right !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-09 16:41

      Most South Africans would believe Fidel's belief that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West is pure idiocy. Pity Fidel doesn't see this.

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