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Iran Says Canada Under Influence of 'Zionist Regime'

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Iran says Canada is "under the influence of the Zionist regime," following Ottawa's decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Saturday Tehran will give an "adequate reply" to what he called Canada's extremist government.  He did not say how Iran planned to respond.

Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (file photo)Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (file photo)
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Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (file photo)
Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (file photo)
On Friday, Canada said it is closing its embassy in Tehran and expelling all Iranian diplomats from Canada. Foreign Minister John Baird said Ottawa "views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today."

Baird gave several reasons for the decision, including Iran's nuclear program, its military assistance to Syria, and its hostility toward Israel.  He also said Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism.

"It shelters and materially supports terrorist groups.  The government of Canada is formally listing Iran today as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, " said Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

Reports also say a note written in Persian has been posted on the door of the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, saying the embassy is closed because of the "hostile" decision by the government of Canada.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Canada's decision, calling it a bold leadership move which he said sends a strong message to the entire world.

The U.S. State Department said it shares Canada's concerns about Iran's behavior.  A spokesman said the United States wants all countries to join it in isolating Iran.

In explaining Canada's decision, Baird also said he was worried about the safety of diplomats in Tehran after Britain's embassy there was stormed by protesters last November.

Canadian officials say diplomats in Iran have already left the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Anonymous
September 10, 2012 5:47 PM
All media are biase. There is no single one does not.


by: Afshin from: Texas
September 09, 2012 2:57 AM
I wish better days for my country, Without existing leader and Government.


by: Iranian
September 09, 2012 12:32 AM
We Want Shah Back


by: musawi melake from: europe
September 08, 2012 9:27 PM
It's the Jewish state is the threat to not only regional, but the entire world, they export their brand of chauvinism all around and promote their outdated and reactionary thinking. Iran needs to be tamed, but that doesn't mean Israel can go on as it wishes. It's been nearly 20 years since they lured the Palestinians into believing false peace hopes, and still they Palestinians are languishing in no-man land, neither peace nor war. So, it's appropriate create a balance of nuclear capability in the region, which the Russians understand wisely.

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by: Jack Meoff from: New York, NY
September 09, 2012 11:49 PM
Well, I say that Syria is under the influence of the Shi'ite regime!

And by the way Iran, my name says it all!


by: Kt from: Ledyard
September 08, 2012 1:52 PM
Besides that murder, Canada is pretty quiet. I guess Iran wants to bully a quiet nations

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by: Ricardo from: AZ
September 09, 2012 1:34 PM
Voice of America it's bias, if one takes its time and read the rest of the articles in this blog none has "Comment". I wonder why? Only the articles related against Iran or the other which belongs to the US interest has "Comment". Notice an article concerning the bombings in Iraq which is happening everyday, (no comment site).. I wonder why again? Whatever happened to DEMOCRACYin the middle East, Mr. Bush and Messrs. NEOCONSERVATIVES. 679848


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 08, 2012 1:23 PM
"..Tehran will give an "adequate reply" to ...Canada's extremist government..." Everyone should suspect - if they pretend they don't know - what Tehran's "response" is going to look like. Of course it's more terrorism - the Russian way (remember Russia's motto is 'if force can't achieve it, use MORE force) And Iran is Russia's pupil in the region, so why not expect MORE terrorism from them when once badly stirred? But this is not just the boldest diplomatic move of our time, it is the sincerest of diplomacy of all time worthy of Guinness Book Of Records. One more such move from another sincere nation and Iran will be forced to embrace the truth. For now it thinks the presence of 120-member NAM countries in Tehran is an approval of its diplomatic disaster toward the West, Israel and civilization, and jihadist hooliganism at home.


by: T from: USA
September 08, 2012 11:12 AM
Canada is just figuring this out now? I'm thinking there getting out before the storm...Will be curious to see if other countries follow.


by: kannan mahathevan from: 0
September 08, 2012 10:07 AM
Of course, the Iranian allegations seem to be credible, as the Canadian state, if genuinely interested in world peace and just relations ships, should have been breaking ties other far worse criminal regimes, such as the Buddhist fundamentalist state of Sri Lanka, which happen to be a close friend and ally of the Iranians and former Libyans. Instead of doing that Canada has been on the forefront of helping the criminal regimes to white-wash their acts.

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by: uZombie from: Earth
September 08, 2012 11:09 AM
Yes, Sri Lanka's Buddhists dont want the same fate as Buddhists from Pakistan, Afghamistan, and Eastern Iran received. How many Buddhists or nonAbrahamic faiths receive mercy under Muhammeds laws? We all know what happens when Muslims run a country. Go execute another 16 y/o girl like Iranians love to do. You are no victims, Islamofascists are the enemy of all free people.


by: Michael from: USA
September 08, 2012 10:05 AM
John Baird of Ottawa said Iran is the greatest "threat." What he actually means is that victory in religion is outside the scope of North America

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by: James from: Nebraska, USA
September 09, 2012 10:34 AM
The holy books of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity do not defend rights such as freedom of religion; they specifically oppose them. It is documents such as the US Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that do. "Rights" are an Enlightenment concept, not a religious one.

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by: Plain Mirror from: Plain Planet
September 09, 2012 4:29 AM
Godwin, you are right in your contribution, but please refer to Malachi 1:3; and Romans 9:13 of the christain bible where God hated Essa but loved Jacob. Whatever you see happening in the world today are all realities of existence and creation of mankind. Read your bible very well and know it that heaven and earth would pass away but the word of God would never... . "Matthew 24:35"

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 08, 2012 1:32 PM
Does Michael refer to the Iranian experience as victory for religion? If Michael is a religious person he should know that God is not a hater of His creation. Iran has painted religion the color of hell and no one is about to follow it based on the example from Tehran. Victory for religion should win human rights of people and freedom, not forceful conscription of people to religion they would otherwise not touch with the longest pole. Let Iran allow its citizens to practice and profess religion of their choice, then we shall have religious victory. No, today's Iran is a disaster.

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