Canadian diplomats walked out Wednesday as Iranian President Mah-moud Ahmadinejad subjected the United Nations to more of his trademark political vitriol and Tehran warned its citizens to steer clear of Canada for fear of rampant "Iranophobia."
The Canadians also walked out on Ahmadinejad last year, but tensions are running higher than ever between the two countries after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird shuttered Canada's embassy in Iran three weeks ago.
"We will not sit silently in our chairs and listen to Iran's hateful, anti-Western, anti-Semitic views," Baird's press secretary, Rick Roth, said in a statement. "If anything, today's address only reinforces our decision earlier this month to suspend diplomatic relations with Iran." Ahmadinejad didn't mention Canada by name during his speech, but a statement posted Wednesday by the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran's official news
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