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Canada severing ties with Iran
Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:33AM
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On the 7th of September 2012 Canadian foreign affairs minister announced, at the APEC summit in Russia, that his country would be severing ties with Iran.

It was quite out of the blue; nothing new had happened to prompt such a move, so naturally the decision raised eyebrows in Iran, and promised a strong response.

Describing the move as malicious and rather panicky, Parliament speaker Ali Larijani refused to go to the inter-parliamentary conference held in Canada.

Israel was quick to praise Ottawa on its decision. But analysts inside and outside Canada say the closure of the Iranian embassy was a direct result of Israel's influence over that country.

And now the hundreds of thousands of Iranians studying and working in Canada have no legal representative at the moment.

Canada has given some reasons for its decision, but unconvinced, news channels and analysts everywhere are debating what probably was behind it.

In this edition of the show we will discuss the recent break down in relations.
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