Iran's new UN ambassador to take up post after US rejects 1st choice for the job

Iran's choice for its ambassador to the United Nations will take up his post next week after the United States declined to issue a visa to Iran's earlier pick for the job last year.

The spokesman for Iran's mission to the U.N., Hamid Babei, confirms that Gholam Ali Khoshroo will be in New York next week.

The United Nations on Friday said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will receive Khoshroo's credentials on Tuesday afternoon.

The United States refused to grant a visa to Iran's earlier pick, Hamid Aboutalebi, because of his alleged participation in a 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Iran at the time refused to name a new envoy but announced Khoshroo last month.

Khoshroo previously served as deputy foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations.