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Iran moves to file complaint against U.S. over UN pick
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA1(30).jpgTEHRAN – Tehran says it is taking steps to file a complaint against the United States for its refusal to grant visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s new ambassador to the United Nations.
 
There are mechanisms to deal with such issues, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Monday.
 
This action by the U.S. government is a violation of international regulations and runs counter to the agreement signed between the UN and the U.S. as a host nation.
 
The United States said on Friday it would not give a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the U.S. embassy in 1979. 
 
Aboutalebi was a part of the Iranian student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 during the post-revolution incidents. The veteran diplomat has said that he acted as an interpreter for the group who held the hostages.
 
According to the agreement signed by the U.S. and UN in 1947, the federal, state or local authorities of the United States shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the headquarters district of representatives of members or officials of the United Nations.
 

U.S. says tension with Iran over UN envoy appointee not to influence nuclear talks
 
The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, in an ABC televised interview said that the tension created between Iran and the U.S. over the U.S. government’s refusal to grant a visa to Iran’s UN envoy appointee does not influence nuclear talks.
 
This issue has not disrupted the nuclear negotiations yet and the focus is on continuation of the talks, she said.
 
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) held their last round of talks in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday. They agreed to meet again on May 13 in Vienna to work on a final solution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. 
 
NA/PA

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