Ahmadinejad has filed US visa application: US envoy
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has filed an application to visit the United States, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said on Wednesday, presumably to attend next week`s nuclear non-proliferation review conference here.
United Nations: Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has filed an application to visit the United
States, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said on Wednesday,
presumably to attend next week`s nuclear non-proliferation
review conference here.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be among the
more than 30 foreign ministers who are to attend the Monday
opening of the review conference, which is held every five
"My understanding is that he has filed an application for
a visa," Rice told reporters after emerging from a Security
Council meeting on the situation in Haiti.
In Washington, a State Department official said he did
not know whether Ahmadinejad had filed for or been granted a
visa to attend the nuclear non-proliferation conference, which
is to run through May 28.
"He gets a visa every year to attend the UN General
Assembly. This is a UN process. If he`s asked for it, we have
no basis that I know of to deny it to him," said the official
who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Rice said Iran`s suspect nuclear program would be in the
backdrop of the conference, stressing that the NPT remained
"the cornerstone of our national security."
She added that the United States and five other major
powers -- Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany -- were
pursuing negotiations both here and in capitals on proposed
new UN sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt
uranium enrichment which offers a pathway to building nuclear