Iran dismisses US ban on diplomats

DUBAI - Iran on Tuesday played down the move by US Senate to bar its new choice as UN ambassador from entering the United States, saying it would wait for a decision on the matter from the US administration.
Under a bill seeking to bar "known terrorists" from entering US soil, the Democratic-controlled Senate narrowly passed a measure on Monday to refuse entry to Hamid Abutalebi due to his alleged role in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, during which Iranian radical students held US Embassy staff for 444 days.
Iran's foreign ministry dismissed the move.
"We have chosen our ambassador... and are in contact with the US government for visa issuance. Any decisions to be made in this regard will be based on official diplomatic sources," it said.