Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif fumed Tuesday over the reported U.S. decision to deny him a visa to address the United Nations in New York later this week, amid escalating tensions between the two countries after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
“They fear that someone comes to the U.S. and reveals realities,” Zarif told The Associated Press. “The world is not limited to New York, and you can talk to the American people from Tehran, and we will do that.”
He later claimed in a tweet that denying him a visa was in violation of the 1947 United Nations Headquarters agreement that established the international body’s base of operations in New York. That agreement requires the U.S. to permit foreign diplomats from other countries to conduct U.N. business and says the U.S. "shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the headquarters district of...representatives of Members or officials of the United Nations."
Zarif also listed a series of allegations against the U.S., including “economic terrorism” and “cowardly assassination.”
The United States continues to use the power of diplomacy and sanctions to infuriate Iran on the world's stage.
Denying me a visa in violation of 1947 UNHQ Agreement pales in comparison to:— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 7, 2020
-Pompeo's threat to starve Iranians (crime against humanity)
-Trump's bluster about cultural heritage (war crime)
But what are they really afraid of? Truth?