Closing ranks with the US and the Zionist entity, Canada has denounced Iran as the biggest threat to global security and said it will expel all of the Islamic Republic’s diplomats from its territory by September 12th.
Canada did not cite a specific incident that caused the breakdown, but issued a strongly worded attack on Tehran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and what it called “Iran's incitement to genocide" against the entity of occupation, the so-called ‘Israel’.
"Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today," Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement.
"Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran … Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended," he added.
The Foreign Minister also blasted Iran for its support of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, as well as Tehran's controversial nuclear program. The fact that the Canadian government is a staunch ally of the Zionist entity has also played a part in the decision to cut ties with Iran.
Baird also warned Canadians, including dual nationals, that Ottawa will not be able to provide assistance to them if they travel to Iran, and advised any Canadians in Iran to contact the Canadian mission in Turkey if needed.
Iran said it would give an "adequate reply" to Canada's decision, with foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast accusing the Canadian government of being "under the influence of the Zionist regime."
However, Ottawa's move has gotten support from some of its allies in the West.
The Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Canada for cutting diplomatic relations, calling the decision "courageous" and "an example to the international community."
The US State Department said it "shared Canada's concerns" regarding Iran's support for the Syrian regime, its human rights record and its nuclear program.
"We want all countries to join us in isolating Iran as they see appropriate," said State Department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell, adding "there are many different ways they can do that."
An estimated 120,000 people of Iranian origin live in Canada, according to official 2006 census data, and thousands of their relatives in Iran visit them every year.