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Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's nominee for UN ambassador

President Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.The unusual legislation bars anyone from entering the U.S. as a U.N. representative if they've engaged in espionage or terrorist activity and still pose a threat to U.S. security. It's aimed at blocking Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days during the embassy takeover.Aboutalebi has insisted his involvement in the group was limited to translation and negotiation. And Iran has accused the U.S. of setting a dangerous precedent by violating the right of sovereign states to designate representatives to the United Nations -- a touchy dispute amid efforts between Washington and Tehran to thaw relations over Iran's nuclear program.The administration has said Aboutalebi was an unacceptable...

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