Iran says may retaliate for Canada’s “hostile” cut in ties

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  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the conclusion of an annual pro-Palestinian rally, marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Tehran University campus, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Iran's president says Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity." It's one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state. It comes as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program. Iran and Israel have been bitter enemies for decades. Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its nuclear and missile programs and repeated references by Iranian leaders to Israel's destruction. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

 

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran accused Canada on Saturday of “hostile behavior” under Israeli and British influence after Ottawa cut diplomatic relations, and it raised the prospect of swift retaliation.

Canada said on Friday that it was closing its embassy in Tehran and gave Iranian diplomats five days to leave the country, branding the Islamic Republic as the “most significant threat to global peace and security”.

Ottawa cited Iran’s disputed nuclear work, which Western states see as a disguised effort to develop atomic bombs, its hostility toward Israel and alleged military aid to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling a popular uprising.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the Canadian move was a “continuation of anti-Iranian policies” by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, which has long had poor relations with Tehran.

“The current government of Canada under the leadership of Mr Stephen Harper is known for extreme policies in the domain of foreign policy,” Mehr news agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying.

“The hostile behaviour of the current racist government in Canada in reality follows the policies dictated by the Zionists (Israel) and the British.”

“The Jewish state is Iran’s arch-enemy, while Britain expelled Iranian diplomats late last year after radical Iranian protesters sacked its embassy in Tehran.”

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