The U.S. and Iran today escalated their standoff over Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations, as diplomats in Vienna pushed forward at talks on restraining the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Iran defended its proposed new envoy to the United Nations and criticized the U.S. for threatening to block him on the grounds he was linked to the hostage-taking at the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979.
The U.S. told Iran that the ambassador it’s chosen for the United Nations is “not viable” because he was part of a group that took over the American embassy in Tehran in 1979, President Barack Obama’s spokesman said.
Iran has forced a foreign policy dilemma on the Obama administration by choosing as its next United Nations ambassador an official who belonged to the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days.
Red-hot furnaces, oil rigs that glint in the sun, tankers carving through silver seas, all set to the Star Wars soundtrack. This, suggests Iran’s state television, is what an “economy of resistance” looks like.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had foreign-policy successes to showcase when he spoke in Tehran’s Azadi Square today to mark the 35th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. The economic gains will follow, he said.