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In the days following Canada and Iran's bilateral breakup, speculation is swirling among academics, security analysts, and Iranian-Canadian community members over exactly why the Canadian government ended the relationship now, after being on the rocks for years.

Speaking on Sept. 7, shortly after arriving in Vladivostok, Russia to attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Foreign Minister John Baird announced that Canada's embassy in Tehran would be immediately closed.

Additionally, he declared Iranian diplomats in Ottawa personae non gratae and gave them five days to pack their things and leave, a move the Iranian outgoing chargé d'affaires called "unwise," "uncivilized," and "hostile."

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