Now US Bars Iranian Foreign Minister from Addressing the United Nations on US Assassination

Trump Administration Blocks Iran’s Top Diplomat From Addressing the U.N. Security Council
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had sought to give a speech condemning the U.S. assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on Oct. 29, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
The Trump administration is barring Iran’s top diplomat from entering the United States this week to address the United Nations Security Council about the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top military official in Baghdad, violating the terms of a 1947 headquarters agreement requiring Washington to permit foreign officials into the country to conduct U.N. business, according to three diplomatic sources.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif requested a visa a “few weeks ago” to enter the United States to attend a Jan. 9 Security Council meeting on the importance of upholding the U.N. Charter, according to a diplomatic source familiar with the matter. The Thursday meeting was to provide Tehran’s top diplomat with his first opportunity to directly address the world community since U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, a top Iraqi militia leader, among others.

The former U.S. commander and CIA director says Iran’s “very fragile” situation may limit its response.

The Iranian government was awaiting word on the visa Monday when a Trump administration official phoned U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to inform him that the United States would not allow Zarif into the country, according to the Washington-based diplomatic source.

The move comes as the United States and Iran engaged in tit-for-tat recriminations over the killing of Suleimani. Trump tweeted over the weekend that if Iran retaliates for Suleimani’s death, it will face U.S. attacks on 52 targets—the number of hostages held by Iran in 1979. “Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have … targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,” he said. “The USA wants no more threats!”

Tehran, meanwhile, announced Sunday it was ending its commitment to limit enrichment of uranium as part of its 2015 nuclear deal, which Trump pulled out of in 2018 and then followed up by reimposing tough sanctions on Iran.

But even before the current crisis, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in recent months had sought to restrict the ability of Zarif—a skilled debater who has studied in the United States and has extensive contacts with American journalists—to make his case to the American public during previous visits to the United States.

In July, the United States restricted his movement to a few blocks in Manhattan and Queens, preventing Zarif from making his regular visits to TV studios, universities, and think tanks. Pompeo defended the decision, noting that American diplomats lack freedom to travel in Iran.

The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Iran after the revolution. Iran is permitted to maintain a diplomatic outpost in midtown Manhattan to conduct U.N. business.

On the eve of the U.N. General Assembly debate in September 2019, Pompeo hinted that he might bar the Iranian delegation, led by President Hassan Rouhani and Zarif, from entering the United States, saying that Iran was responsible for carrying out an earlier drone and missile strike on two critical Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“The actions that the Iranian regime took violated the U.N. Charter,” Pompeo said at the time. “If you’re connected to a foreign terrorist organization, it seems to me it would be a reasonable thing to think about whether they ought to be prevented to attend a meeting which is about peace.”


  • Do the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

    The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York UN headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.

    The so called proclaimed champion of freedom of rights is now restricting whomever they want from attending UN conferences
  • edited January 7
    You forget that according to US laws set by its founding fathers stated that no foreign law shall come over the constitution. The constitution says the President defend the US, its citizen and its interest and this take precedence over foreign laws or agreements.
  • Let me educate you a little bit.

    Back in 2014: Obama administration denies visa to Iran’s nominee for UN ambassador

  • Wait there more education coming your way.

    The Aboutalebi Visa Denial: U.S. Law and Historical Precedents
    By John Bellinger Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4:11 PM
    President Obama’s decision to deny a visa to Iran’s would-be Ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, is based on U.S. law dating back to 1947 and has numerous historical precedents. Although the U.N. and other countries have occasionally criticized the U.S. for refusing to grant visas to individuals to come to the U.N., it is not clear that other countries will want to make an issue over the denial of a visa to Aboutalebi, who played at least some role, even if small, in the most egregious violation of diplomatic law and the security of diplomatic personnel in modern times.

    The U.S. obligation to admit foreign nationals, including representatives of U.N. member states, to the United States to come to the U.N. is set forth in the so-called U.N. Headquarters Agreement, which was signed on June 26, 1947 by then Secretary of State George Marshall and then U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie. Section 11 of the Headquarters Agreement prohibits the United States from imposing any restrictions on travel to the U.N. by representatives of U.N. members (and certain other persons coming to the U.N.).

    Although the Headquarters Agreement itself does not contain any exceptions to this prohibition, Section 6 of the Joint Resolution of Congress of August 4, 1947 (for text scroll down below the Headquarters Agreement) , which authorized President Truman to enter into the Headquarters Agreement, provides as follows:
    Nothing in the agreement shall be construed as in any way diminishing, abridging, or weakening the right of the United States to safeguard its own security and completely to control the entrance of aliens into any territory of the United States other than the headquarters district and its immediate vicinity, as to be defined and fixed in a supplementary agreement between the Government of the United States and the United Nations in pursuance of section 13 (3) (e) of the agreement, and such areas as it is reasonably necessary to traverse in transit between the same and foreign countries.
  • edited January 7
    Here's more education.

    1947 headquarters agreement

    Look it up before you get mad about Trump. And lets not forget your man Obama did the same and you didn't say anything.
  • Reaper, you dead wrong....

    The U.S. Congress, in August 1947 passed Public Law 80-357, which granted the U.S. government the authority to bar foreign individuals invited by the United Nations to attend meetings at its New York City headquarters if they are deemed to pose a threat to U.S. national security.

    “Nothing in the agreement shall be construed as in any way diminishing, abridging or weakening the right of the United States to safeguard its own security and completely to control the entrance of aliens into any territory of the United States other than the Headquarters district and its immediate vicinity … and such areas as it is reasonably necessary to travel in transit between the same and foreign countries.”

    The KEY HERE is...." if they are deemed to pose a threat to US National Security ".
    This is the Iranian Foreign Ministers who is an official diplomat representing a UN member nation of Iran. He's not a terrorist nor a psycho like your president Trump or former CIA Director Pompeo. He's a diplomat who wants to address the US assassination of his fellow countryman.

    I'm not a big fan of Obama either but because the Deep State people, the military/complex, the war hawks & pro-Israeli neocons in Washington & at the Pentagon have always been able to manipulate almost every US President including Obama & Trump and win in the end. How they win? By going to war, by meddling in other countries' affairs, by regime changes,etc....

    You're the one who need more education on US History 101 & the history of all the nations US interfered, meddled in, attacked, raped, bombed, sanctioned, will be shocked to realize the number of nations from all over the world from Latin American to Europe to Asia including the island of Belau in which 2 of its former Presidents misteriosly just happened to die or committed suicide because they opposed the US desire to place or use Belau for its military base/use
  • He is considered a threat to US national security that alls that matter. Its the same thing obama did.

    In the no foreign law will come first before the constitution (Safeguarding US citizens and US national security).

  • The terrorists have grown bold to attack American citizens because they think Trump was impeached. How wrong they are. Trump is not impeached because the articles of impeachment are not valid, lacking due processes. Democrats are to blame for empowering terrorists and the enemies of the USA to attack Americans.
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