Canada Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Canada cuts diplomatic ties with IranRecent questions over the Iranian government’s ties to terrorist organizations and its decision to pursue enriching nuclear uranium (possibly for weapons-grade materials) have led to major sanctions on the global scale.  A recent announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will stack on to the issues, as Canada recently cut all diplomatic ties with the nation of Iran, citing the differences in political policy and security concerns.  This means that

  • Canadians living and working in Iran must leave the country, as they no longer have protection.
  • Iranians who emigrated to Canada will not be able to return to their place of birth.
  • Canadian businesses that have corporate ties to Iranian companies may suffer from inability to continue trading.

Why cut ties With Iran? 

The announcement was made in light of recent questions about Iran’s connection to terrorist groups opposing Canadian forces in Afghanistan, as well as their funding of groups that pose a threat to Canadian allies in the Middle East, namely Israel.  Though Canada (as well as the United States) import oil from Iran and sell the Islamic republic food and technology, the move is seen to be a sharp rebuke of Iranian rhetoric about anti-West policy.

The domestic impact

While the Harper administration has constantly sought to appear hawkish on national defense issues, increasing military spending and committing more troops to Afghanistan and other peace-keeping conflicts, the move has left many Canadians skeptical.  Iranian-Canadian writer Hadi Ebhrahimi, editor of Vancouver-area Iranian interest newspaper said that cutting diplomatic ties with Iran will only hurt Canadians.  Those with family in Iran will be unable to see their parents or children.  Other criticisms charge Harper with failing to allow for negotiations with Iran, as the Obama Administration and European Union have done, a sharp contrast to previous Canadian diplomatic techniques used to settle grievances. For more information about visiting Canada, log on to


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