Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:37 pm Making Iran captor UN ambassador 'like spitting on us'
Making Iran captor UN ambassador ‘like spitting on us’
By Carl Campanile
The New York Post
April 2, 2014
The White House came under intense pressure Tuesday to deny entry to Iran’s new ambassador to the United Nations because he participated in the humiliating 1979-81 hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Tehran.
Former hostage Barry Rosen said it would be “like spitting on us” if the Iranian diplomat — who may have been one of his captors — was granted entry.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer took on the Obama administration by firing off a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that the US blacklist the new ambassador, Hamid Aboutalebi.
The State Department has delayed making a decision on the touchy issue involving a rogue nation it is trying to bring into the world fold.
“Hamid Aboutalebi was a major conspirator in the Iranian hostage crisis and has no business serving as Iran’s ambassador to the UN,” Schumer told The Post.
“This man has no place in the diplomatic process, and the State Department should flat-out deny his visa application. Iran’s attempt to appoint Mr. Aboutalebi is a slap in the face to the Americans that were abducted, and their families; it reveals a disdain for the diplomatic process and we should push back in kind.” . . . [More]