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US denies visas to 20 Iranian officials

Leading up to next week’s UN General Assembly, the U.S. has denied visas to an estimated 20 Iranian government officials planning on attending the event, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

In preparation for the assembly, the Iranian delegation applied for about 160 visas two months ago, of which around 20 were turned down. The U.S. State Department gave no official reason, but the travel bans are likely due to sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program.

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