پنجشنبه ۷ اردیبهشت ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۲۲:۰۹
Ahmadinejad to Attend UN Meeting despite Controversy over Hostage-Taking
Iran confirmed today that incoming president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. A foreign ministry spokesman (Hamid Reza Asefi) dismissed suggestions that Ahmadinejad, who takes office on August 3 will face any restrictions on entering U.S. soil.
He also once again denied U.S. allegations about Ahmadinejad's possible role in a hostage-taking at the U.S. embassy in Tehran 25 years ago.
Militant students seized the embassy in 1979, and held U.S. hostages for 444 days.
The White House, which has been checking on assertions by former hostages that Ahmadinejad was involved in the crisis, said on Thursday that it had concluded that Amhadinejad was a leader of the student movement behind the hostage crisis.
However, it said it still hadn't been determined whether he was actually one of the hostage-takers.