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    White House Says Tehran UN Ambassador Choice 'Not Viable'

    FILE - The United Nations Secretariat building is seen during the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
    FILE - The United Nations Secretariat building is seen during the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
    Reuters
    The White House made clear on Tuesday that it did not welcome Iran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi as its new United Nations ambassador, saying officials had told Tehran that the selection was “not viable.”
     
    But White House spokesman Jay Carney stopped short of saying Abutalebi would be barred from entering the United States because of his alleged role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, during which radical Iranian students held U.S. Embassy staff for 444 days.
     
    “We've informed the government of Iran that this potential selection is not viable,” Carney told reporters.
     
    Asked to explain what “not viable” meant, Carney said: “It's diplomatic jargon to mean what you want it to mean.”
     
    He declined to elaborate on whether Abutalebi would be barred from the country, and emphasized that Iran's choice of Abutalebi was a “potential selection” that had “not been formally made.”
     
    Earlier on Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry played down legislation passed by the U.S. Senate on Monday to bar Abutalebi from entering the United States, saying it had contacted the U.S. government about a visa.
     
    Some members of the U.S. Congress have expressed outrage at the choice of the veteran Iranian diplomat. The House of Representatives is expected to soon pass a similar ban.
     
    “We share the Senate's concerns regarding this case and find the potential nomination very troubling,” said Carney.
     
    In remarks to Iranian media, Abutalebi has played down his role during the hostage crisis, suggesting he was just a translator.

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    April 08, 2014 11:00 PM
    the election of Obama on a platform of "change and hope"... of "racial harmony" has become a physical deadly trauma to US and to the world...

    After betraying so many of our allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic - even our most intimate friend - Israel - which practically another State in the Union... the Obama foreign and domestic policy has become a derisive mockery... Japan derides our "assurances" - Russia is contemptuous of Obama to the point of ridicule; The Philippines are looking for alternatives to our empty pronouncements... China is warning US... Islamic depravity is on the rise all over the World... the Iranian Mullahs are nuking up... the Saudis are crying and whimpering... and here at home - "yes we can..." sounds like a pathetic cry of the incompetent...

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