Senior Fellow Kantathi Suphamongkhon on the United States' decision to deny a visa for Iran's next ambassador to the United Nations.
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"Both houses of the US Congress have voted unanimously to prevent Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the United States. Iran has appointed Mr Aboutalebi as its next ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York. But the White House has indicated that Mr Aboutalebi will not be issued a US visa, even though the president has yet to sign the bill into law.
Hamid Aboutalebi has been accused of having links to the group of “students” that seized the US embassy in Iran back in 1979 for 444 days. He has claimed that he was merely serving as an interpreter at that time, nothing more.
President Barack Obama should consider all legal implications very carefully before he puts his pen and ink on this bill. A US decision to deny a visa for Mr Aboutalebi would..."
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To view the article in the Korean Times "US-Iran impasse at UN," please click here.