Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had hoped to lay a wreath at ground zero during his upcoming visit to New York “in order to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorists attack of Sept. 11, 2001,” but local authorities and America’s U.N. ambassador have both said no way to the request.
The request to enter the fenced-in site was rejected because of ongoing construction there, [police spokesman Paul] Browne said.
“Requests for the Iranian president to visit the immediate area would also be opposed by the NYPD on security grounds,” Browne said.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, told reporters Wednesday that the United States would not support Iran’s attempt to use the site for a “photo op.”
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