• Tue / 7 January 2020 / 14:54
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US’ refusal to issue visa indicative of its administration’s bankruptcy: Zarif

US’ refusal to issue visa indicative of its administration’s bankruptcy: Zarif

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that they won’t issue the foreign minister a visa.

Zarif on Tuesday denounced Washington's refusal to issue the visa for attending an upcoming United Nations Security Council meeting, saying US statesmen are vastly terrified of someone going to their country and conveying the truth to the American people.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of the “Tehran Dialogue Forum”.

Zarif explained, “Iran’s Foreign Ministry had weeks ago requested a visa to take part in the January 9 Security Council meeting on the importance of upholding the UN Charter, rejecting as false claims by American officials that they did not have time to process the application”.

“The Americans are trying to create the impression that our request to attend the meeting was put forth following the assassination of General Soleimani. Mike Pompeo has told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that they couldn't issue the visa due to shortage of time. Whereas the request had been sent several weeks in advance,” he noted.

“Washington’ refusal to issue the visa is indicative of US administration’s bankruptcy,” Zarif stressed.

"The question everyone needs to be asking about this law breaking administration is what are they so scared of?" he added.

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