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Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering the United States who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity against the United States or if that person may pose a threat to U.S. national security.

Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring US visas for UN envoys seen as a threat to American security or having engaged in "terrorist activity" -- a measure aimed at Iran's ambassador. Obama however said in a statement that the measure should be taken as an "advisory," because it could potentially interfere with his "constitutional discretion" to receive or reject ambassadors.

Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring US visas for UN envoys seen as a threat to American security or having engaged in "terrorist activity" -- a measure aimed at Iran's ambassador. Obama however said in a statement that the measure should be taken as an "advisory," because it could potentially interfere with his "constitutional discretion" to receive or reject ambassadors.

Iran in compliance with nuclear freeze: UN watchdog

A new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog has found that Iran is complying with the terms of a November interim deal calling for a partial nuclear freeze, diplomats said Thursday. The diplomats, who had seen the monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told AFP everything was in order. The international community was also "keeping an eye" on progress at a plant in Tehran that will be used for the conversion of low-enriched uranium, one of the diplomats said.

US: No visa for Iran UN envoy over hostage crisis 'role'

The United States said Tuesday it will not issue a visa to Iran's chosen UN envoy Hamid Aboutalebi because he was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran. "Given his role in the events of 1979, which clearly matter profoundly to the American people, it would be unacceptable for the United States to grant this visa," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

U.S. adopts harsher tone in U.N. envoy dispute with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States adopted a harsher tone toward Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador on Tuesday, calling Tehran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi "unacceptable" and tying him to the 1979-1981 U.S. hostage crisis in Tehran. While it did not detail what the veteran diplomat may have done during the period, when radical Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy and held 52 U.S. hostages for 444 days, the State Department for the first time linked the U.S. decision not to issue him a visa to those events.

U.S. adopts harsher tone in U.N. envoy dispute with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States adopted a harsher tone toward Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador on Tuesday, calling Tehran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi "unacceptable" and tying him to the 1979-1981 U.S. hostage crisis in Tehran. While it did not detail what the veteran diplomat may have done during the period, when radical Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy and held 52 U.S. hostages for 444 days, the State Department for the first time linked the U.S. decision not to issue him a visa to those events.

Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months

DUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported. Some international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program have been eased temporarily after a deal was reached last year with world powers, but Washington has said the lifting of sanctions can only happen "in total" after a comprehensive deal is reached.

Iran asks UN chief to intervene in envoy row

Iran on Monday urged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to intervene directly in a row sparked by America's refusal to give Tehran's chosen UN envoy a visa. The spat over Hamid Aboutalebi has undermined a cautious thaw in relations after decades of enmity following the storming of the US embassy in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis. "We ask Mr Ban Ki-moon to step in and take the necessary action for resolving this issue," deputy foreign minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi told the official IRNA news agency.

Iran lodges complaint against United States over U.N. envoy ban: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has complained to the United Nations about the United States refusing to grant a visa to its newly appointed U.N. ambassador over his role in the 1979 hostage crisis, state news agency IRNA said on Sunday. Hamid Abutalebi has said that he acted only as a translator during the 444-day crisis when radical Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage.
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