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The U.S. State Department says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has applied to visit the United States as part of an Iranian delegation to a U.N. nuclear conference in New York.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Wednesday the United States has a responsibility as the host of the U.N. headquarters to accept the Iranian president's visa request.
The Iranian delegation is due to participate in a conference aimed at reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which Iran is a signatory. The monthlong conference begins Monday and has been held every five years since the NPT went into effect in 1970.
Crowley says Washington wants to see Mr. Ahmadinejad play a constructive role in the conference.
My friend Stef tells me that the Obama administration has increased the budget for the State Department by 40 percent. I guess luminaries like P.J. Crowley don't come cheap.