Foreign Relations

Ahmadinejad Wants a U.S. Visa

The most unlikely applicant for a U.S. visa will likely get his way. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will most likely be granted one, allowing him to enter American territory and attend next week's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirmed that an application for the Iranian leader had been filed, and said "Any foreign official who is coming to the U.N. for official business is normally granted a visa." Western nations, including the U.S., have accused Iran of violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty and developing nuclear weapons. The host of the conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stated that it would be "helpful" if Ahmadinejad "brings some good constructive proposal in resolving Iranian nuclear issues."