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U.S. and Iran Clash Again at U.N.

Thursday, 21 September 2006 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS -- Wrapping up a four-day stay in New York City, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a rambling news conference lasting over an hour at U.N. headquarters.

While most of his wandering dissertations were a rehash of positions repeatedly articulated all over New York, several new twists did develop.

Shortly before the news conference began, Iran's U.N. ambassador, Javad Zarif, told NewsMax that Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, was not able to come to New York because the State Department would not grant the official and his team visas to visit the United Nations. Larijani was to arrive last Sunday and meet chief European Union negotiator, Javier Solana, to try and break the current impasse with the U.N. Security Council.

The council had warned Iran to suspend its enrichment of uranium by Aug. 31, or face possible economic sanctions. Enriched uranium is key to building an atomic bomb.

So far, Tehran has refused and council members are meeting in NYC to decide their next move.

Zarif added that on Wednesday, the U.S. finally granted the visas, but the Iranians were not sure whether the EU officials now at the U.N. could rearrange their schedules.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton hotly contested the Iranian version of events.

Speaking to NewsMax, Bolton insisted:

"That's flatly incorrect [the blockage of the Iranian visas]. He (Larijani) has had those visas for some time. He's just trying to throw sand in our eyes, delay, delay, delay. He is an expert in stall tactics. ... We will just have to wait and see what happens."

Once the news conference got under way, the Iranian president found himself on the firing line not so much by the U.S. media, but by Israeli and Arab reporters.

To the Israelis, he repeatedly skirted the issue of whether Israel has the right to exist. He did however insist that while the Iranian government may be anti-Israel, it was not anti-Semitic.

"Zionists are not Jews. Zionists are not Muslims. Zionists are not Christians. Zionists are a power-hungry power group," he proclaimed through a translator.

That brought numerous follow-up questions, which Ahmadinejad refused to address.

Then, the questioning turned to Lebanon where reports say that Tehran is secretly funneling arms to Hezbollah, in direct violation of Security Council's resolution 1701.

That resolution outlaws any supply of arms to anyone but the Lebanese government.

When asked by a reporter for the Arabic language daily Al-Hayat if Iran was sending arms to Hezbollah, the Iranian president answered the question with a question:

"Are you a reporter or do you work for the U.N.? It seems you are trying to enforce Security Council resolutions."

When the reporter repeated the question, Ahmadinejad would only say he is for "peace."

The Iranian political dance brought a brief comment from Bolton:

"That's [arms shipments] a direct violation of (resolution) 1701 and something we have repeatedly said they shouldn't be doing. ... This will have consequences for a whole range of things." Bolton would not elaborate.

The Iranian leader finally ended the gathering by apologizing for not taking more questions, but he told all in attendance to "come to Tehran and we can talk some more."

He then gave a thumbs-up and disappeared into a crowd of U.N. security officers and a persistent Israeli/Lebanese press corps.

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