Iranian on travel restriction list visits Russia

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard general who is banned from traveling abroad by the UN Security Council has visited Russia without any difficulty, Iranian state television reported on its Web site Monday. Gen. Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr, who is also deputy interior minister for security affairs, was one of 15 Iranians listed in Resolution 1747 that the Security Council approved unanimously on March 24 to punish Iran for failing to stop enrichment of uranium - a process that can produce the material for nuclear bombs. Zolqadr was quoted on the state TV Web site as saying that his six-day journey to Moscow, which ended Monday, showed "the ineffectiveness of the resolution." The resolution calls on all governments to ban visits by the 15 individuals and says that should such visits occur - presumably for exceptional circumstances - the countries should notify a UN committee.