Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.
The Iranian government has applied for a US visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line, a group that seized the US embassy on November 4, 1979.
Aboutalebi, who has served as Iran's ambassador to Italy, Belgium and Australia, was chosen to replace its outgoing ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, sources said.
Khazaee's departure from his post at the UN was previously announced.
Aboutalebi began working for the Iranian foreign ministry in the early 1980s, not long after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chose Aboutalebi to serve at the UN, which is headquartered in New York City, after the interim nuclear deal was forged last November 24.
Aboutalebi has said he did not take part in the initial occupation of the embassy, and acted as translator and negotiator, according to the Khabaronline news website in Iran.
Hamid Babaei, a spokesman for Iran's UN Mission in New York, declined to comment.
Additional reporting by Reuters