Iran to Challenge US on Visa Denial for Envoy Pick
“We do not have a replacement for Mr. Aboutalebi and we will pursue the matter via legal mechanisms anticipated in the United Nations,” said Abbas Araghchi, a senior Foreign Ministry official, as quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency. White House ...
Iran Rejects Naming New UN Envoy After US Refusal
Iran rejects US ban on pick for UN envoy, vows legal action
US blocks Iran's pick as envoy to UN, setting up new confrontation
Former US Marine's family asks Iran to reconsider prison term
The family of Amir Hekmati, whose previous espionage conviction and death sentence in Iran were overturned in 2012, said he was retried in secret, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge of "practical collaboration with the American ...
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White House: US won't issue visa for Iran's newly named UN envoy
(CNN) -- The United States has told Iran that it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, the Islamic republic's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, the White House says. Press secretary Jay Carney made the announcement at Friday's White ...
Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?
New York Times
STANFORD, Calif. — Although the Israeli and Iranian governments have been virtually at war with each other for decades, the two countries have much in common. Both are home to some of the oldest civilizations on earth, and both are primarily non-Arab ...
White House: No visa for Iran's UN ambassador pick
The White House announced Friday that the U.S. will not issue a visa to Iran's choice for U.N. ambassador, over concerns about his involvement in the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran. The decision comes after Congress earlier this week ...
Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?
In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms. The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics ...
Iran Continues to Rub America's Nose in 1979 Hostage Drama
US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi
The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979. The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in New York.
Iran steps up pace of executions as it courts West
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 27, 2014. In his first visit to Afghanistan as Iran's president, Rouhani has called for ...
Iran Has No Plans To Substitute Hamid Aboutalebi As UN Envoy Pick
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran rejected naming a new diplomat Saturday to represent it at the United Nations, with one lawmaker urging the Islamic Republic to stand up to "bullying" from the U.S., which has rejected granting its pick a visa. The standoff ...
Diplomat Who Led Secret Talks With Iran Plans to Retire
New York Times
WASHINGTON — William J. Burns, a career diplomat who led the Obama administration's back-channel negotiations with Iran, plans to step down as the State Department's second-ranking official in October, administration officials said on Friday. Mr ...
William Burns, Diplomat Who Led Negotiations With Iran, Will Retire