WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the Security Council considering additional sanctions against Iran, the United States says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's request for a visa to speak to the world body will be approved.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says the approval is consistent with U-S obligations as host country for the United Nations.
Ahmadinejad has been a staunch defender of Iran's nuclear efforts and a critic of the U-S.
The five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany compromised yesterday on a sanctions package to step up pressure on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment. The full council will consider the measures soon.
Reacting to the compromise at a rally yesterday, Ahmadinejad said the sanctions won't have any effect on what he calls "the strong will of the Iranian nation."