U.S. refuses entry to 20 Iran officials ahead of UN meet in New York

Iranian semi-official news agency says another 140 were given U.S. visas; ministers, top aides among those denied entry.


The United States has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week’s UN General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a regular at the assembly since he took office in 2005, will give his final speech there on Wednesday and will address a meeting on the “rule of law” on Monday.

But of the 160-or-so visas requested by the Iranian delegation two months ago, about 20 were turned down, Fars said.

It gave no reason, but many Iranian officials are subject to travel bans under sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program.

In Washington, the U.S. State Department had no immediate comment on the matter.

Fars did not name the two ministers who were denied visas and said Ahmadinejad would be accompanied by his chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Fars named two of those banned from going to New York as members of Ahmadinejad’s staff: Mohammad Shaikhan, in charge of communications and information, and Mohammad Jafar Behdad, in charge of political affairs.

Ahmadinejad, whose second and final term in office ends next year, has used previous UN speeches to defend a nuclear program he insists is peaceful and to make verbal attacks on Israel, the United States and Europe.

He has questioned the historical truth of the Holocaust and cast doubt on whether Islamist hijackers were really responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Most Western envoys walk out of the UN chamber during his speeches, in protest.

  1. #1 by Al on 09/22/2012 - 9:34

    I think UN must be removed to a real impartial country. US has no right to forbidden any member or any body who is planning to attend the UN sessions… What US is doing is against the International Laws…

  2. #2 by lolathecur on 09/22/2012 - 9:34

    So , I believe those things as well and I am from the USA. in order to understand the truth in the scripture you must look up and understand the meanings of these words. they will be found in Strongs bible dictionary with corresponding verses where they are used. get to studying now! here are the words: Yahakobe, Yhuwdiy, Yehoodawee, Ioudaismos, Idudaios, Dath, Yehhodeeth, Yahad. do not let liars decieve you..please consider this very important subject for future discussions on shows. Thank you jeff turner

  3. #3 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/22/2012 - 9:34

    “But of the 160-or-so visas requested by the Iranian delegation two months ago, about 20 were turned down, Fars said.


    This is exactly how the Devil works when he is given the opportunity! And, this proves that the US is above the UN! Well, although I have always against the UN since the nineties, maybe it is hight time that they moved to a ‘NEUTRAL’ country!

    Have they not planned recently to carry out a false flag at the U.N.? (Ref. ISLAMIC INTELLIGENCE)


    Obama Caught Red-Handed Trying To Stage New 9/11
    Posted: September 9, 2012 in Bio-Terror, Breaking News, Obama


  4. #4 by ruby22-kate on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

    So now Ha aretz can foretell the future? “Most Western envoys walk out of the UN chamber during his speeches, in protest.”

    And as for those shortsighted, coerced representatives, who disdain negotiations in favor of brute force, the blowback is coming for You too.

  5. #5 by MJ on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

    Advice to USA and other countries who oppress, Muslim or Non Muslim
    (Allahu Akbar walilahi Alhamd , God is the Greatest and we thank Him)- Shiekh Ahmad Musa Jibril has been released from the secret ‘Guantanamo North’ CMU prison after nearly a decade – He is under still under some confinement restrictions.

  6. #6 by Pro-Gentile on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

    The Hun Dynasty. A tribal people who believed that the farmers were weak and they pillaged and destroyed them. They glorified war. They also happened to be merchants… me thinks they too may have been ZionJews?

  7. #7 by Vickie Jacobs on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

    Why am I not surprised. My last letter to Brendon O’Connell came back yesterday. Somehow I’m gonna have to get word to him about this. Now he can’t get any of my mail because the articles I send have to be approved from now on. S_ _T!

  8. #8 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

    #6 by MJ on September 23, 2012 – 7:52 am

    Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril has been released from the secret ‘Guantanamo North’ CMU prison after nearly a decade.

    Alhamdulillah! Thanks for telling us.


  9. #9 by 30.06 on 09/23/2012 - 9:34

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