Iran’s Air Force One Stationed Near DC

Sep 22, 2006 2:43pm

Although firebrand Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not allowed to leave New York City, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly meetings, his plane has been stationed at the same air base where the President of the United States’ plane Air Force One is stored, Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, DC. Sources tell ABC News that Ahmadinejad’s "Iran Air" jet is considered a "high-value target" and an "enemy jet." As such it has been stationed at the secure Air Force Base where a security perimeter has been set up to keep an eye on the plane. Despite the jet’s proximity to the White House, no Iranian officials are in Washington or have met with US government officials, echoing previous statements by US officials, State Department Deputy spokesman Tom Casey told ABC News. Ahmadinejad’s visa, and those of other visiting Iranian officials, limit their travel to a 25 mile radius around the United Nations. Keith Garvin and Jon Garcia contributed to this report.

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