The New York Police Department was forced to rescue an Iranian diplomat from angry protesters Wednesday near the United Nations.
Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was walking near the U.N. when he was confronted by the mob, said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Iranian official captured the attention of police officers, who escorted him to safety.
Browne said the threats were believed to have been verbal.
The incident followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, during which he continued to spout his anti-Semitic and anti-Western diatribes.
“Continued threats by the uncivilized Zionist to resort to military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality,” he said in his address to the world body.
The Iranian President was met by hundreds of angry protesters, who took to the street to rally against his presence at the General Assembly, as he called for a new world order, saying the world powers have “entrusted themselves to the devil.”
Ahmadinejad is currently serving the last year of his second term, which likely makes Wednesday's address his last at the U.N.