Iran slams US for barring Zarif

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Tehran

Iran slammed on Saturday the United States for what it called an “inhumane” decision to bar its foreign minister, who was attending the UN summit meetings in New York, from visiting a hospitalized Iranian diplomat in the city. US authorities were not allowing Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit UN ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi who was undergoing cancer treatment in a New York hospital. In July, the US restricted Zarif’s movement to just six blocks in New York.The US State Department said it would allow the hospital visit request only if Iran released one of several US citizens it is currently “wrongfully detained.”— AP

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