No visa for Iran’s UN pick: State Department
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 No visa for Iran’s UN pick: State Department

The United States has once again said it will not issue a visa to Iran’s pick for the position of ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi.

"Given his role in the events of 1979, which clearly matter profoundly to the American people, it would be unacceptable to grant this visa," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.

Washington has decided to deny visa to Aboutalebi over his alleged involvement in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran during post-revolution incidents in 1979.

On April 10, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved a legislation that prevents Aboutalebi from entering the US.

Iran has rejected the US decision as unacceptable and says it will follow up on the issue through diplomatic channels at the UN.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said that the US has violated international law as well as an agreement between the UN and Washington.

"The official mechanisms for lodging the complaint at the United Nations have been activated, and are under way," she said on Monday.

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the US Embassy in Tehran, which they believed had turned into a "den of espionage". Documents found at the compound later corroborated the claims by the students.

The UN regulations stipulate that each country is allowed to select its own representatives at the international organization and the US, as the host country, must grant visas to the appointed diplomats.


US going to Saudi Arabia for punishing Russia: Analyst
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US going to Saudi Arabia for punishing Russia: Analyst

This file photo shows a pressure gauge on Russia-Ukraine gas pipeline.

The US threats of oil and gas sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis imperil energy security across the world, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

Igor Alexeev said Russia may cut gas supply to energy-thirsty Europe in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions against Moscow.  

“For the first time ever in the history of US-Russian relations, we are seeing a public debate about a threat of economic sanctions that may have a long-range negative effect on global energy security,” he wrote.

Regarding US’s offer to deliver gas to Europe after Russia threatened to cut off the export of the commodity, Alexeev said the European countries are “neither technically nor in terms of price” prepared to take delivery of energy from the United States. 

“It would take at least ten years to adapt even the technically advanced German energy system to work with American gas supply.” he said, adding, “In a crisis, when it is particularly urgent to see a quick return on an investment, such projects are unrealistic.”

Alexeev said US President Barack Obama is soliciting oil-rich Arab states including Saudi Arabia and Qatar to find a way to punish oil and gas-rich Russia.

“The Obama administration acts as if it is guided by a chapter out of an old Soviet textbook on political economy,” he wrote.

Russia provides about half of Ukraine’s and 30 percent of Europe's total gas demand with key pipelines on the Ukrainian territory.

Tensions between Moscow and the West remained high since Crimea separated from Ukraine and requested to join Russia after a referendum on March 16, in which nearly 97 percent of the participants voted for rejoining Russia. Russia subsequently accepted Crimea’s request.

Following Crimea’s integration with Russia, the US and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russian officials. The US has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Russia.


Occupy The Arctic: Cold Competition - Race for Arctic resources heats up as gas reserves discovered
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Cold Competition: Race for Arctic resources heats up as gas reserves discovered

Published on 15 Apr 2014 by RT

With vast gas reserves discovered in the Russian Far North, the race for resources on top of the world is heating up. And as RT's Marina Portnaya reports relations between countries with claims on the Arctic are quickly going on ice.


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