Following the award ceremony, Iran’s vice president for the environment, Massoumeh Ebtekar, appeared on CNN to congratulate Ms. Ebadi and extol the advances of women in Iran. Ms. Ebtekar is better known to many people in the West as the official interpreter and spokeswoman for the militants who took American hostages in 1979 at the American Embassy in Tehran.

Iranian Accepts Nobel Peace Prize, and Criticizes the West