September 7, 2012 - Speaking to reporters in Russia, where he's attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-Operation summit, Baird
said the government is formally listing Iran
today as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. That will theoretically allow Canadians affected by terrorism supported by the Iranian regime to sue.
is among the world's worst violators of human rights. It shelters and materially supports terrorist groups," Baird said.
"Unequivocally, we have no information about a military strike on Iran," he added.
In the statement, Baird said Canada
has closed its embassy
in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada. Those diplomats must leave within five days. All Canadian diplomats have already left Iran.
"Canada’s position on the regime in Iran
is well known. Canada
views the government of Iran
as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today," he said in the statement.
The statement cited Iran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, its failure to comply with UN resolutions on its nuclear program, and its threats against Israel.