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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has severed Canadian ties with Iran over its sponsorship of terrorism and amid fears about the safety of diplomats in the country.

Baird says the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.

The skeleton staff that was operating Canada’s Tehran mission has already fled the country.

Baird says he’s worried about the safety of diplomats in Tehran following recent attacks on the British embassy there.

“The Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel,” he said.

“Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran. Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians and their safety is our No. 1 priority.”

He also condemned the regime as a sponsor of terrorism.

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

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  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    September 8th, 2012

    Why the Vladivostok dateline, I wonder?

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  2. robins111

    September 8th, 2012

    Boobie, the PM and Baird are in Russia for a meeting on trade..

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  3. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    September 8th, 2012

    @ robins- Persian carpets for plutonium pellets?

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  4. Jack

    September 8th, 2012

    countdown to election-altering scenario in t-minus 60 days…

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  5. Billy Fuster

    September 8th, 2012

    @Boobie: Just what I was wondering. Either we have to get our news from Pravda or Canada’s foreign minister just happened to be there when he was interviewed.

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  6. Mountain Dog

    September 8th, 2012

    If it wasn’t for that whole gun control thing I might move across the border.

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  7. Jack Daniels

    September 8th, 2012

    Good on you Prime Minister Harper!!

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/iran-by-suspending-ties-canada-has-sacrificed-its-national-interests-for-israel-s-sake-1.463511

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the Canadian Prime minster Steven Harper on Friday, following Canada’s announcement.”

    Compare this leader to the ‘one’ and the DNC’s rejection of God and Israel!!

    “I will BLESS those who BLESS you, and whoever CURSES you I will CURSE; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis. 12:3

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  8. Maudie N Mandeville

    September 8th, 2012

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

    Must not have gotten the memo from Obama: NOT TIL AFTER THE ELECTION!!!

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  9. charliewalksonwater

    September 8th, 2012

    its nice to have allies with balls.

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  10. FreeMan & Sarah on Vacation

    September 8th, 2012

    Canada? Showing some backbone! Wish we had some and did the same.

    We are in a heap of shit here folks. Russia will never allow us to become what we were before Barack.
    You can see by the posture over the last few months. Sightings of ships and planes at international borders. They are ready now.

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  11. Jack Daniels

    September 8th, 2012

    Freeman,

    Canada has been showing backbone since Harper took office in 2006, and since then, our $$ is on par, if not surpassing at times the US greenback, our economy is among the strongest in the world, and conservatism is returning to Canada in spades (except of the die hard communist province of Cubec)

    Harper has made it publicly known from the start he is a staunch friend and supporter of Israel, and has even at times stood alone with her.

    Coincidence that Canada is being blessed? I think not

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  12. norman einstein

    September 8th, 2012

    This is what leadership looks like. Harper has guts.

    Bibi knows that he can count on Harper because he has shown support for Israel in the past, “going it alone”, on more than one occasion.
    In 2006, at a G8 summit, he refused to sign a resolution calling for restraint in Israel’s attack on Lebanon. He was new at the job, so this was quite bold.

    And just last year, Harper refused to go along with the Won’s demand that Israel return to pre-1967 borders as a precondition of “talks” with the Pali’s.

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  13. Stranded in Sonoma

    September 8th, 2012

    In other news, Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. Embassy in Tehran to take over the now empty former Canadian Embassy building in preparation to receive two new ambassadors. Obama has appointed former MA Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Paul Ryan to lead the new delegation. The airline tickets were reported to be one way.

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  14. scr_north

    September 8th, 2012

    Funny, this is pretty big news because while we may not be a huge player on the international stage we are one of the most respected and yet this story did not appear in ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN or any of the main stream news orgs. Selective reporting I guess although I was very disappointed with FOX. By the by our PM Harper is going toe to toe with Putin about how to handle Syria. About time someone did. Good Luck to Romney and Ryan.

    Oh, and get Sarah Palin on the campaign trail. She’ll bring out the conservatives that are still squeamish about Romney and she’ll drive the left absolutely batshit and drop everything to go after her. I’ll bet she’d love the punchup.

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  15. norman einstein

    September 8th, 2012

    @scr_north, I agree about Palin.
    It’s time she kicked it into gear. After deciding not to run, I forgave her…assuming she would be effective on the campaign trail.
    Her ‘record’ is pretty good to date, but she needs to get out there. Labor Day is over, and thanks to the conventions, people are starting to pay attention.

    There are now only 59 days until Nov. 6.

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  16. Holder2013

    September 8th, 2012

    ^^^ Damn, 59 days. How time flies.

    They had better do something, turn it up a few notches.

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