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Iranian President will not attend the UNSC session in New York

Tehran, March 23, IRNA - - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed to attend the UN Security Council session on Iran due to Washington's denial of visa to the his entourage.

"Due to the evident and deliberate failure of the American officials in issuing visa to Dr. Ahmadinejad's entourage and flight crew, the president could not attend the UN Security Council session," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini Friday.

President Ahmadinejad was due to lead a delegation to the UNSC session on Iran's nuclear case on Saturday and defend Tehran's stance in peaceful use of nuclear energy and against issuance of another anti-Iran resolution.

UK, France and US as three veto holders have announced they will put the draft resolution on Iran to voting at the Security Council Saturday.

This procrastination in issuing entry visa to the Iranian delegation proves that Washington had planned to issue the visas at a time to make it impossible for them to attend the UNSC session on time due to the long geographical distance.

According to the international rules, the US as the host government is obliged to issue visa to all delegates willing to attend the United Nations sessions in New York.

This is not the first time the US fails to fulfill its responsibility or deliberately delays visa issuance so that the delegates would be unable to attend the UN session on time.

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