Congress votes to bar Iran's new UN envoy from US

United Nations headquarters is seen in this April 14, 2005 photo in New York CityCongress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday aimed at denying a visa to Iran’s newly appointed UN ambassador over his alleged links to the 1979 US hostage crisis. Furious over the prospect of allowing Tehran’s envoy on to US soil, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill after the Senate did the same Monday. While the White House has already signaled that a visa for Iran’s appointed UN envoy Hamid Aboutalebi was “not viable,” White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to say whether the president would sign the legislation.

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