Iran doubles down on hostage-taker ‘diplomat’; won’t withdraw him

Iran doubles down on hostage-taker ‘diplomat’; won’t withdraw him

[Ed. – Read: “In your face, Obama.”]

DUBAI – Iran on Saturday dismissed a US decision to deny a visa to its proposed new envoy to the United Nations, saying it would take up the case directly with the world body.

“We do not have a replacement for Mr. Abutalebi and we will pursue the matter via legal mechanisms anticipated in the United Nations,” Abbas Araghchi, a senior Foreign Ministry official, was quoted by Iran’s official IRNA news agency as saying.

The United States said on Friday it would not grant a visa to Hamid Abutalebi, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis.

Washington objects to Abutalebi because of his suspected participation in a Muslim student group that seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. …

US President Barack Obama had come under strong domestic pressure not to allow Abutalebi into the country to take up his position in New York, raising concerns that the dispute would disrupt delicate negotiation between Tehran and six world powers including Washington over Iran’s nuclear program.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.

Facebook Comments

Disqus Comments