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Canada Says Iran is 'Most Significant Threat to World Peace'

Canada's prime minister expresses allegiance to America

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By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter
October 15, 2011|11:04 am

Canada has joined the several nations applying international pressure to Iran for its alleged involvement in the D.C. terror plot.

“[…] the regime in Tehran represents probably the most significant threat in the world to global peace and security,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters at a press conference in Ottawa on Friday.

U.S. FBI and DEA forces have connected Iran to the foiled $1.5 million terror plot planned for Washington D.C.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press conference Tuesday Oct. 11 that the U.S. would hold Iran responsible for the terror plot.

According to Holder, the plot was “conceived, sponsored, and directed by Iran.”

Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri are being charged with conspiring with the Quds, an elite unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, to bomb the Israeli and Saudi Arabia embassies in D.C. and to assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S., Adel Al-Jubeir.

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Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, was arrested in JFK on Sept. 30 after arriving on a flight from Mexico.

President Barack Obama described the plot disruption as a “significant achievement for [U.S.] intelligence and law enforcement agencies.”

The U.S. proceeded to place sanctions on Iranian airlines Mahan Air for aiding Quds forces by transporting Quds leaders to Syria for military training. The airlines also transferred money and weapons for the Islamic rebel group.

“Under the sanctions, the airline’s assets will be frozen and US firms barred from doing business with it,” reported BBC news.

When reporters questioned if Canada would impose sanctions on Iran after their suspected link to the D.C. terror plot, Harper responded by saying, “We already have a range of sanctions on the government of Iran. Obviously, as a consequence of our revelations this week we’ll be working closely with our allies to co-ordinate next steps.”

In early September, both Britain and Canada’s political heavyweights expressed their weariness towards Iran.

“They continue to support groups that are engaged with terrorism and the forces of reaction,” ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair told The Times.

“The major threat is still Islamicism,” confirmed Canadian PM Stephen Harper.

Mexico also offers its full support to the U.S.

"The government of Mexico reiterates its full commitment to international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism and condemns any attempt by any individual, group or international player to commit actions of this nature from our national territory," Mexico's undersecretary for North America Julian Ventura.

Iranian government vehemently denies any connection to the terrorist plot. Iran’s Presidential spokesman Ali Akbar Javanfekr called it a “fabrication” used to distract Americans from “domestic issues.”

On Oct. 12, Secretary Clinton is scheduled to meet with the Swiss Embassy concerning U.S. relations with Iran.

 

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