Ex-Hostage Rosen: US Must Bar Iran's New UN Ambassador

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 04:23 PM

By Aaron Stern

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Iran has named its next ambassador to the United Nations, and he's a member of the group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for more than a year.

If the State Department grants Hamid Aboutalebi a visa to enter the United States, it will be "a day of total embarrassment," says Barry Rosen, one of the hostages who were held in Tehran for 444 days.

The two states have no formal relations, but the U.S. has tried to re-engage with Iranian leadership since the election of President Hassan Rouhani. Iran's U.N. representative has facilitated back-channel communication between the nations in the past, according to CNN, and Aboutalebi – who has served as Iran's ambassador to Australia, Belgium, Italy and the European Union – is said to have close ties to Rouhani.

Aboutalebi has said he didn't take part in the initial occupation of the U.S. embassy but worked as a translator and a negotiator during the standoff.

Rosen said that admitting Aboutalebi would be an affront to the former hostages and a signal of weakness from President Barack Obama.

"It's a test of the administration and it's a test of wills in many ways," Rosen said.

Story continues below video.

Rosen said the U.S. efforts to negotiate with Iran will never be successful because Tehran will never hold up its end of the bargain.

"There are too many issues that are outstanding, and Iran will not live up to anything that it puts on paper," he said.

Rosen said he doesn't just want Aboutalebi's visa to be denied but would also like to see Obama make a public statement of opposition to Aboutalebi's ambassadorship.

Admitting Aboutalebi would be the day "my own country and its government turned its back on loyal American diplomats and military who carry out American foreign policy under the most extreme conditions and then were victims to terrorists for 444 days," Rosen said.

"Possibly it's no longer in the history books," he said, "but it certainly was a very important day in American history at one time."

See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obamacare Architect to Testify on ACA's 'Deceptions'

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 20:12 PM

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, whose comments citing the healthcare law's lack of transparency and mocking "the st . . .

House Conservatives: Let's Sue, Pull Funds for Immigration Order

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 19:32 PM

Conservative House Republicans want to sue President Barack Obama for bypassing Congress to shield nearly 5 million undo . . .

HHS Chief's Comments Suggest Future Benefits for Illegals

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 18:18 PM

In a Sept. 9, 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress, President Obama declared that his signature health-care overha . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved