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US troubled by Iran's choice of its UN ambassador
In case of Iranian hostage-taker, US cites limited exceptions in refusing visa to UN envoys
By LARA JAKES
Associated Press
2014-04-03 03:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is troubled by Iran's choice for its ambassador to the United Nations and has raised concerns to Tehran about the nomination.

Hamid Aboutalebi was a member of a Muslim student group that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf is not saying whether the U.S. would refuse to grant a visa to the envoy.

The U.N. headquarters are in New York, and because the U.S. is the host nation for the U.N., Harf says that the U.S. generally is obligated to admit the chosen representatives of U.N. member states.

But she does cite limited exceptions to that policy -- but isn't saying whether Aboutalebi's case might be among them.

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