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Let's face it: Canada's use of sanctions seems to be highly tainted by politics. Canada is no neutral administration, treating all misbehaving states equally. Instead, Canada is like a fickle schoolyard bully, harassing the kid who's smaller or different, and leaving his "friends" in peace.
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"We'll engage with Iran step-by-step, open eyes."
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"I believe if the embassy is reopened, Canada will be putting its foreign affairs professionals at serious risk, given the Iranians' very selective protection of diplomatic staff."
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"My understanding right now is the government is struggling to figure out how do we deal with that."
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A functioning embassy -- a nation's eyes and ears -- would allow Canada to directly and independently assess the complicated political scene in Iran better, becoming less reliant on our allies when it comes to our understanding and engagement with the Middle East.
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As international sanctions against Iran were lifted over the weekend and as U.S.-Iranian relations dominated the headlines, Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion implied on the sidelines of a Cabinet-level retreat that the Government is considering dropping its sanctions against Iran, a move that would align Canada with its closest international partners. That the government recognizes the economic and strategic disadvantages associated with its inherited Iran policy is a major step toward constructive re-engagement with Tehran.
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