As the US denied visa to Iran’s chosen representative to the UN, the country’s mission in the United Nations in an announcement stated "This absurd decision is a sure violation of international rights and it goes against the obligation of the country that hosts the UN.”
"The action is also against the natural right of independent countries to choose their permanent representatives in the UN,” the announcement adds.
The Iranian mission to the UN has asserted that the country will undertake any action diplomatically possible to fight the US decision.
US had announced one day earlier that it would not issue a visa for Iran’s pick as its permanent representative to the United Nations.
The US decision comes as response to a plead made by former workers in the US embassy in Tehran who were held hostage from 1979 to 1981, claiming that Abutalebi was among the forces who broke into the embassy when it was seized by what Iran calls a student movement.
Former U.S. embassy workers held hostage in Iran from 1979 to 1981 are outraged that Tehran has selected a new U.N. envoy who may have played a role in the 444-day crisis and want him barred from U.S. territory, Reuters reports.
Iran, though, claims that Abutalebi has acted only as an interpreter during the hostage crisis and has not been directly involved in any of the militant actions about the hostage crisis.
Meanwhile Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister in Europe and Americas Affairs has stated that the country will consider no alternative choice for the mission.