US Squandering Prestige for Denying Visa to Aboutalebi

Hamid Aboutalebi gets caught up in petty American politics
Hamid Aboutalebi gets caught up in petty American politics

US ‘squandering prestige’ for denying visa to Aboutalebi: Journalist

… by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor,     …  with  Press TV, Tehran


The Obama administration is “squandering its prestige” over the refusal to issue a visa to Iran’s chosen ambassador to the United Nations, a political commentator in Atlanta says.

You can listen to the  2:30 minute audio interview at Press TV here.

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“I think most Americans with some sense of diplomacy are looking at all of this with utter astonishment to see the US squandering its prestige over these most minor issues,” said Jim Dean, the managing editor and columnist at Veterans Today.

On Friday, President Barack Obama signed an unusual legislation aimed at blocking Iran’s pick for UN envoy, Hamid Aboutalebi. Washington argued that Aboutalebi is suspected of involvement in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran during post-revolution incidents in 1979.

The US House of Representatives had unanimously approved the legislation on April 10.

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the US Embassy in Tehran, which they believed had turned into a den of espionage. Documents found at the compound later corroborated the claims by the students.

“Even if the man was an interpreter for the people who were involved in the hostage taking and whatever, I mean that was so many years ago,” Dean told Press TV on Saturday.

The US decision to deny a visa to Abutalebi “just makes no sense …[and] is so vain, all they’re doing is embarrassing the country,” he added.

Aboutalebi denies any direct role in the embassy takeover, saying he worked as an interpreter while negotiations for the release of the hostages were going on.

Iran has sent a letter of complaint to the UN over the US refusal to issue the visa. The Iranian mission has also filed a letter, which was released on Monday, with the UN’s Committee on Relations with the Host Country.


Author Details
Jim W. Dean is Managing Editor of Veterans Today involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews. He broke into television work doing Atlanta Public TV programs for variety of American heritage, historical,military, veterans and Intel topics and organizations since 2000. Jim’s only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon, GA.

He is working to find time now to database his extensive video archive of Americana and interviews filmed during his public TV days so individual topic segments can be key word searched to quickly use in future multi-media projects.

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