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Iran says Canada’s stance has no ‘political rationale’
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA1(49).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has vehemently dismissed statements by Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, saying his remarks are ‘worthless’ and lack ‘political rationale’.
 
The Iranian Foreign Ministry was responding to Baird’s speech on Wednesday to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum, in which said he was "deeply skeptical" about the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the major powers on November 24. He also vowed that Canada would maintain economic sanctions on Tehran despite the deal.
 
The Canadian minister also said, “As a trusted friend of Israel, we are in a position to offer both words of encouragement and words of advice”.
 
He added, “A nuclear Iran is a threat to Canada, it is a threat to Israel and our allies, and it would unwind decades of work on preventing nuclear proliferation around the world.” 
 
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham described the current Canadian government as an “extremist” which does not deserve to make such comments.
 
Such remarks are “politically motivated” with an extremist approach which only falls within the Iranophobia plot publicized by the Zionists, she noted. 
 
She said the criticisms made by Canadians against the extremist views of the “imprudent” government of Stephen Harper are a proof that such stances are not acceptable even inside the country.
 
Afkham went on to say that the Canadian government must revise its policy and respect conventional diplomatic norms in conformity with the international community.
 
She added that it would better for Canadian officials to adopt a moderate stance and to follow the “collective wisdom”.
 
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