Iranian President Ahmadinejad Is in New York


The Post reported this morning that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was headed to New York City this week for the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, but a Times story says he's already here. Ahmadinejad's visit comes the same day that Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers held in Iran for thirteen months on spying charges, arrived in the United States, a release that Ahmadinejad called "a humanitarian gesture." Now Ahmadinejad says eight Iranians whom he believes were illegally arrested by the U.S. should be released as well. Interviewing Ahmadinejad on This Week today, Christiane Amanpour protested this idea, to little avail:

When Ms. Amanpour suggested that he was holding the two remaining hikers as hostages for eight Iranians held for various crimes, including violating international sanctions against Iran, the Iranian president replied: 'How would you know those Iranians are criminals? Are you a judge? We want people to be free and not to suffer, but at the end of the day there’s a law that determines who stays in prison and who does not.'

In any case, if you see an Ahmadinejad look-alike on the subway this week, it might really be him.

Ahmadinejad Wants Release of Iranians Held in U.S. [NYT]
Woman Held in Iran Arrives in U.S. [NYT]
Interview With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [ABC]