Deputy Foreign Minister in Legal Affairs in response to reports that he is being considered as an alternative for Iran’s choice Hamid Abutalebi as ambassador to the UN said that Abutalebi is still the choice.
Abutalebi who was introduced as Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN was denied visa by the United States due to a plead by a number of former workers of the US embassy in Iran who said he had been a militant member of the 1979 hostage crisis, demanding him barred from the states.
"It is not true that I am chosen as Iran’s representative to the UN,” Araqchi stated in interview with ICANA, adding "The diplomatic system considers no alternative for Abutalebi in the UN. Currently he has been introduced as Iran’s ambassador to the UN and there is no decision to replace him.”
He stated "News reporting that I am going to replace Abutalebi in the UN are not correct. The problem about Abutalebi is going to be pursued via legal mechanisms.”