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April 2nd, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Congressman: Iran's pick for U.N. a 'slap in the face'

(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.

Echoing former hostages, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel called the move "a real slap in the face."

Iran's pick is 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.

"The Iranians should withdraw their nomination and should send somebody else," said Engel. "All of us that were alive at the time remember that hostage crisis, and that is not something, I think, that we can just turn a blind eye toward."

For more of our interview with Rep. Engel, check out the video above.

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