BBC News reports a U.N. committee has taken no action against the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York. The chairman of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country said there had been a "discussion," and that the issue would remain on its agenda. Iran says the U.S. has violated its legal obligations and set a dangerous precedent by barring Hamid Aboutalebi. The U.S. says he has links to students who seized its Tehran embassy in 1979. Aboutalebi insists that he acted merely as a translator on a couple of occasions, an account corroborated by some of the students. No evidence has been published showing he was used regularly or took part in interrogations of the 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days.