The U.S. granted a restricted visa for Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s travel to New York for a UN meeting. Secretary of State Pompeo commented that "U.S. diplomats don't roam around Tehran, so we don't see any reason for Iranian diplomats to roam freely around New York City, either”. Pompeo went on to contend that Zarif “uses the freedoms of the U.S. to come here and spread malign propaganda… he’s the mouthpiece of that autocracy. And they suppress free speech”. He also expressed willingness to appear on Iranian media to convey “that we’re supportive of the Iranian people, that we understand that the revolutionary theocracy is not acting in a way that is in their best interest”.
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