Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
TEHRAN, Iran—A senior Iranian military official has urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the United Nations after the United States blocked its chosen ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
Semi-official Fars news agency also quoted Gen. Mohammad Bagherzadeh as saying Saturday that Hamid Aboutalebi should remain close to his mother because the family lost two sons during the 1980-88 war with Iraq.
President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Aboutalebi from entering the U.S. Tehran has refused to name a different envoy after Washington refused to grant him an entry visa. Iran says it is challenging the U.S. “through legal channels.” Iranian lawmakers say American opposition to Aboutalebi’s entry is a misuse of the geographical location of the U.N.
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