White House: no US visa for Iran pick as UN envoy

United Nations headquarters is seen in this April 14, 2005 photo in New York CityThe United States said Friday it would not grant a visa to Iran’s newly appointed UN ambassador, who has been linked to the 1979 hostage crisis, threatening to cloud a gradual thaw in relations. Tehran says Washington’s objection to Hamid Aboutalebi is unacceptable and the situation appears to be heading towards stalemate, as well as posing a challenge to President Barack Obama’s drive for a diplomatic breakthrough after decades of mistrust between the two sides.

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