By the Apadana Chronicle Editorial Board
Javad Zarif, the Twitter troll who acts as the Iranian regime’s foreign minister, has been granted a visa by the US State Department to attend a UN meeting in New York this week. His visa was issued at the US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday. Zarif and his group arrived in New York on Sunday morning to attend a meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday night that he granted Zarif a visa primarily to meet US obligations to the UN, but that his movements will be sharply curtailed. “US diplomats don’t roam around Tehran, so we don’t see any reason for Iranian diplomats to roam freely around New York City, either,” Pompeo said.
“It’s absolutely appropriate that we provide Foreign Minister Zarif and his delegation with all the rights that they are due under the UN headquarters agreement, and nothing more than that,” he added.
Zarif and his delegation will be permitted to travel between UN headquarters and the Iranian mission six blocks away, and to the residence of Iran’s UN ambassador nearby. Zarif is expected to meet with think tanks and journalists while he is in New York, and the six-block restriction means they will have to come to him at the Iran’s UN mission.
Of course, surely there are some “think tanks” and “journalist” would bend backwards to accommodate him.
Secretary Pompeo believes Zarif will use the opportunity to spread propaganda and disinformation. “Foreign Minister Zarif, he uses the freedoms of the United States to come here and spread malign propaganda,” he said. “This is a leader who has supported a regime that jails political dissidents, treats women horribly. They go after peaceful worshipers. He’s the mouthpiece of that autocracy. And they suppress free speech.”