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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.

Israel minister warns Kerry over 'surrender' to Iran

Israel's intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a "surrender" to Tehran. "The things Kerry said in the Congress are worrying, they are surprising and they are unacceptable," Yuval Steinitz, who is also strategic affairs minister, told public radio.

Iran says not considering alternative UN pick

Iran signalled its defiance Saturday over America's refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy. Tehran also said it was examining its legal options over the row, which has undermined a cautious thaw in relations after decades of enmity following the storming of the US embassy in 1979 and the hostage crisis that followed. The United States has said it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi because of his links to the students who seized the embassy just months after the Islamic revolution.

Iran not considering alternative UN envoy: deputy FM

A top Iranian official said Saturday that the country was not considering a replacement nominee for its prospective UN envoy who has been denied a US visa. "We are not considering an alternative pick," deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi told Mehr news agency, referring to Hamid Aboutalebi, the Islamic republic's choice for ambassador to the United Nations. The United States has said Aboutalebi would not be granted a permit to take up his post in New York because of his links to the student demonstrators who stormed the American embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Iran says not considering alternative UN pick

Iran signalled its defiance Saturday over America's refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy. Tehran also said it was examining its legal options over the row, which has undermined a cautious thaw in relations after decades of enmity following the storming of the US embassy in 1979 and the hostage crisis that followed. The United States has said it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi because of his links to the students who seized the embassy just months after the Islamic revolution.

White House: no US visa for Iran pick as UN envoy

The United States said Friday it would not grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed UN ambassador, who has been linked to the 1979 hostage crisis, threatening to cloud a gradual thaw in relations. Tehran says Washington's objection to Hamid Aboutalebi is unacceptable and the situation appears to be heading towards stalemate, as well as posing a challenge to President Barack Obama's drive for a diplomatic breakthrough after decades of mistrust between the two sides.

Iranian official will not get visa for U.N. ambassadorship: White House

By Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States denied a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador on Friday, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a rare step that raises questions over how much influence the White House can wield over the world body.

White House: No US visa for Iran pick as UN envoy

The United States said Friday it would not grant a visa to Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been linked to the 1979 US hostage crisis. Iran has insisted Washington's objection to Aboutalebi is unacceptable and the row threatens to cloud a gradual thaw in relations between the two enemies after decades of mistrust. As the host government of the United Nations, the United States generally is obliged to issue visas to diplomats who serve at the United Nations, although there have been rare exceptions.
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