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White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks to reporters at the daily press briefing, Friday, at the White House. The US, in a rare diplomatic rebuke, will not grant a visa to Tehran's pick for envoy to the United Nations, the Obama administration said Friday. 'We've communicated with the Iranians at a number of levels and made clear our position on this _ and that includes our position that the selection was not viable,' Carney said. 'Our position is that we will not be issuing him a visa.' (Charles Dharapak/AP)

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The US decision to bar Iran's choice as its UN envoy leaves it at odds with the commitment it made in 1947 to provide diplomats unimpeded entry to UN headquarters in New York.

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