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US denial of visa to Iran UN envoy 'unacceptable': Tehran

The United Nations headquarters is seen on April 14, 2005Iran described as “unacceptable” Wednesday a decision by the United States to deny a visa to Tehran’s newly appointed UN ambassador over his alleged links to the 1979 US hostage crisis. The clash over the nomination threatens to complicate a key moment in the easing of relations between Washington and Tehran as both sides strive to conclude a deal on the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme. On Tuesday, a day after the US Senate passed a resolution that would deny a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, White House spokesman Jay Carney said his selection was “not viable.” Iran had already defended Aboutalebi’s appointment, brushing aside US concerns, and did so again on Wednesday.

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