There are reports that some of the American Embassy hostages recognize the new Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as being in a supervisory role during their ordeal. Others don’t recognize him, and some Iranians, even those who are political opponents, say that this is not true.
Even assuming that it is true, what difference would it make in the U.S.-Iran relationship? He is a hard-liner; we have been hard-line towards Iran even with the reformist outgoing president. There is little to no chance that our relations would improve anyway.
If proved, how would the rest of the international community react? Again, I don’t see it mattering. The hostages were freed almost 25 years ago. Despite the blatant violation of diplomatic immunity, there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, and I believe that he would not be treated any differently than he will be anyway. I don’t expect to see any level of ostracism or sanctions other than from those countries that already treat Iran that way.
I don’t see this news as being any more than a seven-day-wonder in the U.S.