US ambassador says Iran talks continue despite disagreement over Tehran's choice for UN post
In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 photo provided by the office of the Iranian President, Hamid Aboutalebi, an Iranian diplomat, who was recently named as Iran's ambassador at the United Nations, speaks at his office in Tehran, Iran. Iran has no plans to name a new diplomat to the United Nations, its Foreign Ministry said Saturday, after the United States blocked its pick in a rare rebuke that could stir fresh animosity at a time when the two countries have been seeking a thaw in relations. The Obama administration said Friday that the U.S. had informed Iran it would not grant a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. While U.S. officials had been trying to persuade Iran to simply withdraw Aboutalebi's name, the announcement amounted to an acknowledgement that those efforts had not been successful. (AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday told ABC's "This Week" that Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi (ah-boo-TAH'-leh-bee) to be its United Nations envoy is not acceptable. She says Tehran should pick someone else.
Iran has rejected that suggestion following Washington's refusal to give Aboutalebi a visa to enter the United States.
Aboutalebi was a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Aboutalebi has insisted his involvement in the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line was limited to translation and negotiation.
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