The administration opposes the selection of veteran diplomat Hamid Aboutalebi because of his ties to the student group that took over
Earlier this week, the White House said Aboutalebi's appointment was "not viable."
In a rare bipartisan vote Thursday, the House approved a measure designed to bar Aboutalebi's entry to the country. The bill already had passed the
Senior administration officials said the White House was studying the constitutionality of the measure, and
But on Friday, the president's team told both Iranian officials and the U.N. that it "will not issue a visa" to allow Aboutalebi to take his post in New York, Carney told reporters.
Iranian officials have said Aboutalebi is among the country's most experienced diplomats and is committed to re-engaging with the West after more than three decades of estrangement.
The 56-year-old Aboutalebi has served as Iran’s ambassador to Australia, Belgium and Italy, and is viewed as closely alighned with Iranian President
Iran's government did not immediately respond to the White House announcement. On Wednesday, Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, rejected moves to deny Aboutalebi his visa, telling state media that the U.S. government "is well aware that this kind of behavior is by no means acceptable for us."