Ahmadinejad angrily abandons plans for UN visit
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has abandoned plans to address the UN Security Council ahead of a vote on fresh sanctions against Tehran, with Washington angrily accused of scuppering them.
Ahmadinejad had asked to address the council to defend his country’s position on its controversial nuclear programme, but an official in Tehran said he will not travel to New York because his visa would not arrive in time.
“President Ahmadinejad’s trip has been made impossible because of the lateness in supplying a visa by the United States,” the official told AFP late on Friday.
“Because of this, it is not possible to get the visa to Tehran on time, and the president’s trip has therefore become virtually impossible.
“The United States deliberately issued the visas late to prevent the president from going, and they are responsible. Also the visas for the team members who would have accompanied him were not issued, which makes the trip impossible,” the official said.