Iran’s Foreign Minister Whines About U.S. Travel Restrictions

canadafreepress.com | 7/18/2019 | Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif complained on Wednesday about the tight U.S. travel restrictions imposed on members of the Iranian UN mission and their families, which, he charged, put them “under basically inhuman conditions.” The restrictions, which also apply to Zarif himself during his visit this week to UN headquarters in New York, basically limit the Iranian diplomats and their families to traveling between the United Nations, the Iranian UN mission, the Iranian UN ambassador’s residence, and JFK Airport. “It is certainly not a friendly action,” Zarif added. He’s right. Nothing that the Iranian regime has done deserves any “friendly” action by the United States.

Recall that it was Zarif himself who warned the United States just last month that it “cannot expect to stay safe.” Allowing Zarif and his cadre of UN diplomats and their families to roam freely around New York City and beyond would be insane in the face of such threats. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said sardonically on Sunday, “U.S. diplomats don’t roam around Tehran, so we don’t see any reason for Iranian diplomats to roam freely around New York City, either.”

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A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the UN secretariat has been in contact with “the permanent missions of the United States and Iran to the U.N. and has conveyed its concerns to the host country.” What concerns? There are no valid concerns. The United States is meeting its obligations as the host country in accordance with the UN headquarters agreement, which the UN entered into with the United States in 1947. As Secretary Pompeo said, “It’s absolutely appropriate that we provide Foreign Minister Zarif and his delegation with all the rights that they are due under the U.N. headquarters agreement, and nothing more than that.”

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