U.S. ends probe into leader's role in 1979 crisis

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The State Department said yesterday that it has closed its investigation into reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, took part in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, even though no conclusion has been reached. The investigation stalled because the Iranian government refused to answer questions from Washington, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. "We've arrived at a point where really the ball is in the Iranians' court to answer those unanswered questions," Mr. McCormack told reporters.

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