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(CNN) – Iran has named a member of the radical student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held Americans hostage for more than a year to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.
Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line, the group of militants who seized the U.S. embassy on November 4, 1979, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
A U.S. official said the State Department has not yet responded to Aboutalebi's visa application to represent Iran at the United Nations.