Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and expelled Iranian diplomats in Canada.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird just announced that he feared for the safety of diplomats in Tehran following recent attacks on the British embassy in the Iran. "Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran,” Baird said Friday. “Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians and their safety is our No. 1 priority."

Baird added that Tehran's support for Syrian president Bashar Assad, Iran’s refusal to comply with the UN’s resolutions on its nuclear program and its regular threats to Israel make it a significant threat to global peace. “It is among the world’s worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups,” said Baird in the far-reaching statement. Baird adeed, “Moreover, the Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel.”