D'Escoto was speaking at a news conference to mark
the end of a world tour.
He said that he had been struck by the "great respect" shown to Iran by its neighbors and that its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had been unfairly "demonized" in the West, the New York Times reported.
He also said the International Criminal Court's indictment against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on war crimes charges was lamentable because it would undermine Darfur peace talks.
The UN official said a request by the African Union and the Arab League for the Security Council to suspend the indictment for a year should be respected.
The indictment "helps to deepen a perception that international justice is racist" because the case is the third to be brought against Africans, D'Escoto said.
Mr. d'Escoto, a Roman Catholic priest, was Nicaragua's foreign minister from 1979 to 1990.
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