Baird warns UN of Iranian charm offensive
OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is telling the United Nations General Assembly not to be taken in by any Iranian charm offensives.
Baird issues that warning in the draft text of his speech to the assembly today.
He was addressing the apparent thaw in the three decades of strained relations between the United States and Iran after President Barack Obama spoke by phone with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani last week.
It was the first time the leaders of the two countries spoke since the 1979 siege of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
Baird says there may be encouraging signs but sound bites and a charm offensive aren't substitutes for Iran ending its nuclear ambitions or improving its human rights record.
Baird also spoke of the need to end the human rights violations against girls and women.