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Iran criticizes US for denying visa to proposed UN envoy

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 - 01:34

April 12 - Iran proposed a new envoy to the United Nations this week, but the U.S. has objected, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Meet Hamid Abutalebi. He's a top Iranian diplomat and the country's proposed new envoy to the United Nations. But he won't be coming to the UN if the U.S. has anything to say about it. Congress voted to deny Abutalebi a visa because of suspected links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis. Abutalebi says he periodically acted as an interpreter for the militants who held the hostages. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY SAYING: "We've communicated with the Iranians on a number of levels and made clear our position on this, and that includes our position that the selection was not viable and our position that we will not be issuing a visa." Back Tehran, Iranians are protesting the move. As demonstrators chant anti-U.S. slogans, an ultra-conservative parliamentarian rejects the U.S. legislation. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE MP MEHRDAD BAZRPASH SAYING: "Our proposed envoy to whom? Our proposed envoy is to the United Nations, which has nothing to do with America. It's an international body. They rejected our proposed envoy with the accusation that he was involved in the occupation of the spy den. The U.S. Senate issues legislation for one person, saying he doesn't have the right to step on American soil. That's interesting. This is what they call a negotiation model." Iran says it will challenge the visa denial at the UN.

Iran criticizes US for denying visa to proposed UN envoy

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 - 01:34

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