Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States on Tuesday of violating its agreement with the United Nations by denying him a visa to speak at a Security Council meeting amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, APA reports quoting Reuters.
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Monday that Zarif would not be given a visa to attend Thursday’s meeting. Zarif confirmed on Tuesday that he would not be given a U.S. visa.
“What we know is that the U.S. State Secretary (Mike Pompeo), in a call to the Secretary General of the United Nations (Antonio Guterres), said: ‘We did not have time to issue a visa for Mohammad Javad Zarif and we will not issue a visa’,” said Zarif, according to Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency.
“The Secretary General responded by saying that it is Iran’s right to take part in this session,” Zarif said.
Zarif wanted to attend a meeting of the Security Council on the topic of upholding the U.N. Charter. The meeting and Zarif’s travel had been planned before the latest flare-up in tensions between Washington and Tehran.