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US denies Iran’s UN ambassador visa

Published:Saturday | April 12, 2014 | 9:34 AM

The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979.



The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in New York.



Aboutalebi was linked to the student group that took dozens of people hostage at the embassy in Tehran.



President Barack Obama has come under intense pressure from the US Congress not to allow him to enter the country.



A spokesman for Iran's mission to the UN described the decision as regrettable and said it contravened international law.



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