RNA - Mohammad Javad Zarif had planned to visit Majid Takht-Ravanchi, who is being treated for cancer in a hospital in New York, but the US State Department announced Friday that Zarif could only visit his ill colleague if Tehran released one of the several American citizens detained in Iran.
Due to US sanctions and travel restrictions placed on Zarif in July, the foreign minister can only travel between the John F. Kennedy airport and a limited area surrounding the UN building in New York where he is to take part in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“What we’re seeing here is the outcome of the Jewish control of our foreign policy, this is a group of people who do not understand logos, okay, the order of the universe, they do not understand limits, they do not understand that there is a fundamental human law that all civil law has to be based on,” E Michael Jones, the current editor of Culture Wars magazine, told Press TV on Saturday.
He went on to say that this shows the “degradation of America’s current foreign policy.”
People in “Israel lobby that control (US) foreign policy” are “now overturning some type of fundamental understanding of human behavior, in other words, the need to visit the sick when they are in need of our assistance, of our company, of our support, this shows you the ultimate degradation of America’s current foreign policy.
Travel restrictions targeting Iran’s top diplomat have also been imposed on other Iranian diplomats and their families in New York.
The measure, described as "basically inhuman" by Zarif, is part of a growing list of measures adopted by the Trump administration in a bid impose “maximum pressure” on Tehran.