Iran on Monday slammed Canada for removing an exiled Iranian trrorist group from its blacklist of terror groups, accusing it of violating its global commitments and adopting a "dangerous" move.
By delisting the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) group, Canada is "using the issue of terrorism as a tool (and) violating its international commitments," the Iranian foreign ministry said on the website of state broadcaster IRIB.
"It is a dangerous move that can weaken international peace and security."
Canada on December 21 announced the removal of the group from its blacklist after a similar move by the United States in September. Canada also added Iran's Quds Force, a Special Forces unit within the Revolutionary Guards to its so-called terror list.
The Iranian foreign ministry issued a "serious warning" about the consequences of the decision to delist MEK, saying it was turning Canada into a "haven for terrorists."
It said Iran will hold Canada responsible for preserving the security of Iranian expatriates and properties "in case of any violent and terrorist acts" by the MEK.
Iran holds the group responsible for murdering thousands of Iranian civilians and officials as well as becoming mercenaries for the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.