President Donald Trump is beginning to cut off communication with the Iranian regime.
Yes, even if that means breaking the rules.
On Monday, an exclusive report by Foreign Policy reveals that the Trump administration is banning Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif from attending the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York.
“Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif requested a visa a ‘few weeks ago’ to enter the United States to attend a Jan. 9 Security Council meeting on the importance of upholding the U.N. Charter,” Foreign Policy stated, but “a Trump administration official phoned U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to inform him that the United States would not allow Zarif into the country.”
According to Former United Nations assistant secretary-general Larry Johnson, this move violates the 1947 headquarters agreement.
“Any foreign minister is entitled to address the Security Council at any time and the United States is obligated to provide access to the U.N. headquarters district,” Johnson said.
But, at the end of the day, the Trump administration has jurisdiction over who enters the United States, as this meeting is being held in New York.
It looks like the United Nations will have to get with the program and either accept that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif can’t attend or they’ll have to move the meeting outside the United States.
This incident comes days after President Donald Trump approved a drone strike that eliminated Iranian commander and militia leader Qassem Soleimani.
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