//Iranian international minister fumes over reported visa denial for UN conferences in New York

Iranian international minister fumes over reported visa denial for UN conferences in New York

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif fumed Tuesday over the reported U.S. choice to disclaim him a visa to deal with the United Nations in New York later this week, amid escalating tensions between the 2 international locations after the killing of Iranian Common Qassem Soleimani.

“They fear that someone comes to the U.S. and reveals realities,” Zarif informed The Related 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 settlement that established the worldwide physique’s base of operations in New York. That settlement requires the U.S. to allow international diplomats from different international locations to conduct U.N. enterprise and says the U.S. “shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the headquarters district of…representatives of Members or officers of the United Nations.”

Zarif additionally listed a collection of allegations towards the U.S., together with “economic terrorism” and “cowardly assassination.”

“But what are they really afraid of? Truth?” he requested.

Foreign Policy reported {that a} Trump administration official referred to as U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres on Monday to tell him that america wouldn’t permit Zarif into the nation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was requested in a Tuesday morning press convention about Zarif’s visa and stated that he doesn’t touch upon visa issues.

“We’ll at all times adjust to our obligations beneath the U.N. necessities and the headquarters settlement and we are going to achieve this on this explicit occasion and extra broadly daily,” he added, whereas defending the U.S. strike on Soleimani.

Soleimani, the pinnacle of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds power and the mastermind of its army and terror methods overseas, was killed early Friday native time in a U.S. strike in Iraq directed by President Trump. The U.S. described the killing of Soleimani as a defensive measure to forestall an “imminent attack” on U.S. pursuits after an assault on the embassy in Baghdad days earlier. But it surely has sparked a livid response and threats of revenge and retaliation from Tehran.

Zarif was attributable to converse on the U.N. Safety Council on Thursday in a debate that was deliberate earlier than the Soleimani strike on Friday. He was sanctioned by the U.S. in July, which included a ban from touring to the U.S.


The regime started its lobbying efforts to safe U.N. condemnation of the strike simply hours after Soleimani’s dying, describing it as a “gross violation” of worldwide regulation and saying it “reserves its inherent right to self-defense.”

“Conducted ‘at the direction of the President’ of the United States, the assassination of [Soleimani], by any measure, is an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal act, constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of international law, including, in particular, those stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations and thus entails the international responsibility of the United States,” stated a letter from Iranian Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi to Secretary-Common Guterres and the U.N. Safety Council.

The Iranian letter additionally stated that the nation “reserves all of its rights under international law to take necessary measures in this regard, in particular in exercising its inherent right to self-defense.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a forum titled "Common Security in the Islamic World" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August.

Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a discussion board titled “Widespread Safety within the Islamic World” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August.

Tehran additionally referred to as for the U.N. Safety Council to sentence what it referred to as “illegal” actions from the U.S.

“At the same time, it is incumbent upon the Security Council to uphold its responsibilities and condemn this unlawful criminal act, taking into account the dire implications of such military adventurism and dangerous provocations by the United States on international peace and security,” the letter stated.

Iran and the U.S. have clashed steadily on the U.N. The U.S. pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018, a withdrawal that was opposed by many U.S. allies on the U.N., the place the deal was codified.


The U.S. adopted that up by reimposing sanctions on Iran as a part of its “most stress” marketing campaign that tightened the screws on the Iranian financial system. Whereas the U.S. to this point has not managed to persuade different international locations to reject the nuclear accord, which Iran has itself violated, it has seen assist within the type of condemnation from allies of Iran’s proxy wars within the Center East — together with France, the U.Ok. and Germany blaming Iran for assaults on oil amenities in Saudi Arabia in September.

Guterres on Friday expressed concern at latest escalations, and referred to as on each side as an alternative to train “most restraint.”

“The world can’t afford one other conflict within the Gulf,” Guterres spokesman Farhan Haq stated in an announcement.

Fox Information’ Ben Evansky and The Related Press contributed to this report.