U.S denies visa to Iran's U.N. envoy

Friday, April 11, 2014

The denial comes after Congress passes bill that denies entry to individuals with espionage or terrorism links

The denial comes after Congress passes bill that denies entry to individuals with espionage or terrorism links

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AA) - The U.S. has rejected to grant visa to Iran's newly appointed Ambassador to the U.N., Hamid Aboutalebi.

"We have informed the U.N and Iran that we will not issue a visa for Mr Aboutalebi," White House spokesperson Jay Carney told a daily press briefing on Friday. ""We certainly share the intent of the bill passed by Congress," Carney said.

The bill passed by the Congress on Thursday denies entry to individuals who are engaged in acts of espionage or terrorism.

Carney did not comment on whether President Barack Obama would ratify it.

The White House spokesperson also said there was no reason to expect that the row between Iran and the U.S over the visa refusal would impact progress in talks between Tehran and six world powers over Iran's nuclear program.

Aboutalebi is accused of being involved in the 1979 hostage crisis that took place in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after the fall of Iran's shah regime.

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