The US administration has refused to grant Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a visa to enter the United States, a Reuters official said on Monday.
Zarif was supposed to participate in the Security Council meeting in New York City on Thursday.
The official’s comments, on condition of anonymity, came in conjunction with the escalation between Washington and Tehran following the killing of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qassem Soleimani in a US raid, on Friday, attacks on the United States embassy in Baghdad and the killing of an American contractor in a base raid. Military in Iraq.
UN spokeswoman Stephanie Dujarric declined to comment on the news of the denial of entry.
The United States, on Monday, accused Russia and China of preventing a statement by the United Nations Security Council “confirming the immunity of diplomatic and consular headquarters”, in the wake of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia attack on the US embassy in Baghdad on December 31.
Zarif had gone to the United States in September to attend the annual meeting of world leaders in New York City at the United Nations, after he imposed US sanctions against him for implementing the “reckless agenda of the Iranian Supreme Leader.”