Washington (AP) -- The US has granted a visa for Iran's president so he can address the UN Security Council as it considers new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
The approval, which was expected, comes after world powers agreed in principle to a new package of sanctions against Iran.
Iran has asked to speak to the council before members vote on a resolution to impose the new measures for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.
The US has repeatedly condemned Iran for allegedly trying to disguise an atomic weapons program as a civilian nuclear energy scheme, a charge that Iran denies.
A State Department spokesman says the US hopes that the trip is used to pull back from Iran's refusal to negotiate over its nuclear program.
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