Iran slams Canadian move to limit ties
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Sunday said the case of late photojournalist Zahra Kazemi is a local issue and Canada should avoid misusing Iran's cooperation in this regard.
"Canada should not use the issue of justice as a pretext for their own factional issues because such measures will bear no fruit. "They have to change their behavior and know that Iran will not yield under pressure," Asefi said when asked to react on recent comments by Canadian officials on Kazemi's case and the country's decision to impose limitations on ties with Iran.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew said last week that his country will further limit diplomatic contacts with Iran to back demands for justice in the case of Kazemi, according to the Associated Press.
According to IRNA, the 54-year-old journalist died in 2003 because of fractured skull. The journalist, working for Canadian Camera Press journal, was arrested in June 2003 while taking pictures from Evin prison in Tehran.