Jan 28, 12:00 PM EST

Iran names new UN envoy after US declined to issue visa to earlier pick

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry has named a new envoy to the United Nations after the U.S. declined to issue a visa to an earlier pick last year.

The ministry's official website said Wednesday that Gholam Ali Khoshroo has been chosen to serve as Iran's permanent envoy to the U.N. Khoshroo is a seasoned diplomat who previously served as deputy foreign minister and ambassador to the U.N.

The United States refused to grant a visa to Iran's earlier pick, Hamid Aboutalebi, because of his alleged participation in a 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Iran at the time refused to name a new envoy. The website said Iran will continue to work through legal channels to prevent the U.S. from denying visas to its envoys.

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