Iran Says Canada’s Decision to Suspend Ties ‘Unjustifiable’

Canada’s decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Iran is “unprofessional, unconventional and unjustifiable,” Iranian state television reported, citing the country’s foreign ministry.

Canada’s decision violates international law and Canada is responsible for the safety of Iranian diplomats, the Iranian ministry said in the statement, according to state TV’s website.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Sept. 7 his country is suspending diplomatic relations with Iran and designating the country as a sponsor of terrorism. Canada will close its embassy in Tehran and expel Iranian diplomats from Canada, Baird told reporters in Vladivostok, Russia.

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