Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he had issued a visa to the Iranian Foreign Minister for a visit to New York. First and foremost, he wants to fulfill the United States obligations to the United Nations, but his movements are severely curtailed.
Pompeo said in a telephone interview that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his delegation are likely to travel six blocks between the United Nations headquarters and the Iranian mission and to the Iranian UN ambassador's residence. The group arrived in New York on Sunday morning.
Diplomats do not roam Tehran, so we see no reason for Iranian diplomats to move freely to New York, "Pompeo said.
"It is absolutely appropriate that we provide Foreign Minister Zarif and his delegation with all the rights that they are entitled to under the UN Headquarters Agreement, and nothing more than that," he added. Sustainable development goals for issues such as conflict, hunger, Gender equality and climate change. His visa was issued to the United States Embassy in Bern the day before his arrival in the United States.
The Trump administration has considered blacklisting Zarif by sanctioning it, although Zarif claims to have no assets outside of Iran. Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin said on June 24 that he expects to sanction Zarif within the week.
The United States has an agreement requiring all foreign diplomats traveling to UN events in New York to receive a visa swiftly.
Sanctioning Zarif, Iran's highest diplomat, would further complicate all attempts to resume negotiations with Iran on the nuclear deal that President Trump had abandoned a year ago, and then launch a campaign of maximum pressure on sanctions imposed by the have brought Iranian economy to the brink of collapse.
Zarif is expected to meet with think tanks and journalists in New York. The restriction to six blocks means they must come to him on the Iranian UN mission.
Pompeo said Zarif will use the opportunity to spread lies. And then Pompeo appeared on Iranian state television.
"Foreign Minister Zarif uses the freedoms of the United States to come here and spread malicious propaganda," he said. "This is a leader who supports a regime that imprisons political dissidents and terribly treats women. They are looking for peaceful worshipers. He is the mouthpiece of this autocracy. And they suppress the freedom of speech. "
Pompeo said he would accept any offer to go to Iranian television, just as Zarif has appeared on US television. He said he would tell the Iranians that "we are very interested in them, that we support the Iranian people, that we understand that the revolutionary theocracy is not acting in a way that is in their best interests."
Pompeo declined to comment when asked if he or anyone else in the US government would try to speak to Zarif this week or at the UN General Assembly in September.
Tensions between the US and Iran have greatly increased in the past Two months since the United States began to tighten sanctions on the Iranian oil industry. In coordinated response steps, for the first time since its entry into force in 2016, Iran has exceeded the limits set by the nuclear agreement for uranium supplies and enrichment.
Trump and Pompeo have both declared their willingness to negotiate with Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that he would open negotiations if the US lifted the sanctions.
Pompeo rejected Rouhani's offer as "the same offer he made to John F. Kerry and Barack Obama".
"President Trump will make it obvious." make the final decision. However, this is a path that the previous government followed and led to the JCPOA, of which this government, President Trump and I, both were a disaster, "said Pompeo, referring to the Nuclear Agreement, which is formally known as the Collective Agreement ,
Pompeo also said that the United States is testing the delivery of the Russian S-400 missile defense system to Turkey, a NATO ally, which he said could trigger sanctions.
The first components for the system arrived Friday in Ankara, the capital, said the Turkish Ministry of Defense in a statement. US law prescribes sanctions against countries that do "significant" business with the Russian defense industry, but the Trump administration has sent mixed signals on how it might react to Turkey.
Pompeo suggested on Sunday that the penalties could be imminent.
"The law requires sanctions, and I am confident that we will comply with the law and that President Trump will comply with the law," he said.