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US rejects Iran's nominee for UN ambassador (Updated)

The White House has barred Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the United States after the House and Senate unanimously approved legislation to that effect
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.

A statue of a U.S. hostage is displayed in front of the main building of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran November 19, 2011. The former U.S. embassy was the site of the 1979-1981 hostage crisis in which a group of militant Iranian students held 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days. The building is currently being used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. REUTERS/Raheb H

The White House on Friday formally announced that it would not allow Iran’s pick for UN envoy to enter the US, one day after legislation to that effect unanimously cleared Congress.

“We have informed the United Nations and Iran that we will not issue a visa to Mr. [Hamid] Aboutalebi,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at his daily press briefing. “We certainly share the intent of the bill passed by Congress.”

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