Canada has been labeled "extremist" by Tehran.
Following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's call for an end to "tyranny" in a Iran, the Iranian government is lashing out, saying it is the Harper administration in Ottawa and not the ayatollah's in Tehran that are the real extremists.
On the weekend, during a speech to mark the Persian New Year, Harper said he had hopes for a free Iran.
From The Globe and Mail's report on the speech:
“Know that our government shares your hope that Iran itself will experience a renewal, that one day Iran will be a thriving, open country and the Iranian people will live free from tyranny and oppression,” Mr. Harper told the audience during his remarks.
A report by Iran's state broadcaster Press TV said those comments were called, "repetitious, illogical and tedious" by a spokeswoman for Iran's foreign ministry:
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said on Monday that the Canadian premier made very superficial and unrealistic remarks about Iran, adding that Canada's conservative government is in fact an "extremist" administration.
“It is most probable that the freedom-seeking gesture of Mr. prime minister is aimed at mustering the votes of Canada-based Iranian community in the upcoming parliamentary elections,” Afkham added.
Despite the rhetoric from Tehran, Iran is not a free country.
The organization Freedom House ranks Iran as a "not free" country, one of the worst in the world compared to Canada's ranking as a "free" country with the best ranking possible.
The group Reporters Without Borders ranked Iran 173 to Canada's 18th place.
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