An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi
An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi © - President.IR/AFP/File
An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi
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Last updated: April 15, 2014

US: No visa for Iran UN envoy over hostage crisis role

The United States said Tuesday it will not issue a visa to Iran's chosen UN envoy Hamid Aboutalebi because of his "role" in the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran.

"Given his role in the events of 1979... It would be unacceptable to grant this visa," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

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