WASHINGTON – The USA has denied a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that might have allowed him to attend a United Nations Safety Council meeting in New York on Thursday, a U.S. official stated.
Monday’s feedback by the official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, got here as tensions escalate between the 2 international locations after america killed Iran’s most distinguished navy commander, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad on Friday.
Beneath the 1947 U.N. “headquarters settlement,” america is usually required to enable entry to the United Nations for foreign diplomats. However Washington says it might deny visas for “safety, terrorism and foreign coverage” causes.
The U.S. State Division declined rapid remark. Iran’s mission to the United Nations stated: “We’ve got seen the media experiences, however we now have not obtained any official communication from both the U.S. or the U.N. relating to Foreign Minister Zarif’s visa.”
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric declined to touch upon the U.S. denial of a visa for Zarif.
Zarif wished to attend a meeting of the Safety Council on Thursday on the subject of upholding the U.N. Constitution. The meeting and Zarif’s journey had been deliberate earlier than the newest flare-up in tensions between Washington and Tehran.
The Safety Council meeting would have given Zarif a worldwide highlight to publicly criticize america for killing Soleimani.
Iran’s U.N. envoy, Majid Takht Ravanchi, has described the killing of Soleimani as “an apparent instance of State terrorism and, as a prison act, constitutes a gross violation of the basic rules of worldwide regulation, together with, particularly … the Constitution of the United Nations.”
Zarif final traveled to New York in September for the annual gathering of world leaders on the United Nations – after america sanctioned him for implementing “the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Chief.”
The sanctions block any property or pursuits Zarif has in america, however he stated he had none.
Zarif additionally attended U.N. conferences in April and July. Throughout his July go to, Washington imposed tight journey restrictions on Zarif and diplomats at Iran’s mission to the United Nations, confining them to a small part of New York Metropolis.
U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres spoke with U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier on Monday. State Division spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stated in a press release the pair mentioned occasions within the Center East and that Pompeo “expressed his appreciation” for Guterres’ diplomatic efforts.