Iran names U.S. Embassy hostage-taker as U.N. ambassador

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A member of the militant group that seized the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage has been named the country’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Hamid Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line (referring to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini), the group that seized the U.S. Embassy and held American staff hostage for 444 days until Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in 1981.

The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa, to which the State Department has yet to reply, Bloomberg reported.

Asked if the U.S. is aware that Mr. Aboutalebi was a member of the militant group, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf declined to comment.

“Anyone can submit a visa application, and it will be evaluated as we do all visa applications, in accordance with our procedures,” she told Bloomberg. “We don’t speculate on what the outcome might be.”

The controversial appointment could spark the rare demand for the U.S. to deny Mr. Aboutalebi a visa.

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