Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s coming to New York!
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has applied for a visa to visit the United States next week. Our favorite loudmouth Iranian theocraft dwarf wants to attend the United Nations’ nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference that starts Monday.
Politico’s Laura Rozen interviewed US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice and got some context:
“My understanding is as of today he has filed an application for a visa,” Rice said in response to a question about Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinedjad apparently is interested to come to attend a major review conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) getting underway at the UN in New York next week, and which is set to last for most of the month of May. But it also comes as the U.S. is working intensively with other members of the UN Security Council plus Germany to pass a resolution sanctioning Iran over its nuclear program, and Iran is lobbying countries hard against the sanctions.
“With respect to Iran and our work to achieve a resolution on sanctions, that work continues,” Rice said. “We are in very intensive discussions in New York and capitals with colleagues in the P5+1 and we look forward, at the appropriate time, to continuing our discussions and consultations with other members of the Council.”
Ahmadinejad, who has visited the United States before, is likely to get a visa. The United States has been actively trying to get Iran to slow their nuclear program and the granting of a visa to Ahmadinejad would go hand-in-hand with that.
Of course, Ahmadinejad claims that Iran is only developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Nonetheless, it’s official: Iranian diplomats applied for their leader’s visa at the US Embassy in Switzerland.
Speaking of Iran, here is something interesting: For all the talk of pressing sanctions against Iran, the Obama administration is quietly seeking new provisions to make it easier for China and Russia to sell Iran gasoline. For all of Iran’s oil wealth, the country lacks enough domestic facilities to convert oil into gasoline for their population. Iran has traditionally relied on neighbors such as Russia and China for that job… and, well… you do the math.
So maybe those American sanctions against Iran won’t have as much bite as we thought.