Iranian official will not get visa for U.N. ambassadorship: White House




 
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Iranian official will not get visa for U.N. ambassadorship: White House
 
April 12th, 2014  
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Iranian official will not get visa for U.N. ambassadorship: White House
By Patricia Zengerle and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it would not grant a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, in a rare step that raises questions about how much influence the White House can wield over the world body. President Barack Obama had come under strong pressure not to allow Hamid Abutalebi into the country to take up his position in New York, raising concerns that the dispute would disrupt delicate negotiation between Tehran, Washington and other world powers over Iran's nuclear program. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United Nations and Iran had been told "that we will not issue a visa to Mr. Abutalebi." Neither the White House nor the State Department provided further explanation.




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