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(photo credit: Daniel Munoz/Reuters)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Iran poses the "world's most serious
threat to international peace and security," and opined that a
coordinated international response is requisite to confronting Tehran's
my judgment, [Iran] is the world's most serious threat to international
peace and security," Harper said on Calgary radio station CHQR.
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Harper said he was sure Tehran was seeking nuclear weapons.
"This is a regime that wants to acquire nuclear weapons," he said.
Canadian prime minister said his country was working with its allies to
impose strict sanctions on the Islamic Republic in an attempt to
counter their bid for nuclear armament.
He insisted that Iran's
threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, an important passage for global
oil, underlined the success of Western sanctions. Iran's threats were a
response to the crippling effect of sanctions, he continued.
"That's why the regime is lashing out from time to time," he explained.
said sanctions were the right course of action for tackling the Iranian
threat, but that a coordinated international response would prove more
He insisted that even Russia and China, two countries
that are large consumers of Iranian oil and generally apprehensive about adopting
international resolutions regarding the Islamic Republic, agreed that
the Iranian nuclear issue is pertinent.
simmered between the Islamic Republic and Canada this past week, as
chastised the Canadian charge d'affaires in Tehran, Dennis Horak, over Canada's treatment of its aboriginal people.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson called the Iranian criticism
absurd, saying it was "regrettable that the regime in Tehran is choosing
not to address its own internal shortcomings before resorting to the
ridiculous and engaging in this type of preposterous PR stunt."
meanwhile, has joined Western nations including the United States in
casting sanctions on Iran, including prohibiting financial transactions
with the country.