Canada closes embassy in Iran,to expel envoys

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended,Baird said.

Written by Reuters | Published: September 8, 2012 1:56:31 am

Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all Iranian diplomats in Canada within five days,Foreign Minister John Baird said on Friday,denouncing Tehran as the biggest threat to global security.

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended,Baird said. He cited Iran’s nuclear programme,its hostility toward Israel and Iranian military assistance to the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria,which is locked in civil war with rebels.

Meanwhile,a US Congressman said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blew up at the US ambassador last month because he was at wit’s end over what he sees as the Obama administration’s lack of clarity on Iran’s nuclear programme. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers,a Republican,made the claim in an interview with Michigan’s WJR radio on Tuesday.

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