John Baird told reporters: “Canada has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. It’s involved in a negative way in every single country in the region. It’s provided material support to a good number of terrorist organizations around the world and it has not been a force for good. I hope to be proven wrong in this instance.”

“Obviously, the Iranian people have the huge potential to play a much bigger role, not just in the region but in world affairs, and we look forward to the day when circumstances will allow that,” he told reporters.

In his four-minute address, he told the UN Security Council “We must work together, to each of our strengths and abilities” to counter ISIS which he described as a “real threat” to global security.