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Iran to fingerprint US visitors

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AFP: Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament adopted a bill Sunday that would make digital fingerprinting compulsory for all US citizens seeking to enter the country.
TEHRAN, Nov 19, 2006 (AFP) – Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament adopted a bill Sunday that would make digital fingerprinting compulsory for all US citizens seeking to enter the country.

“All US citizens should be controlled and subjected to digital fingerprinting when they are issued with a visa and when they enter Iran,” according to the bill, adopted after a debate broadcast live on state radio.

“This law comes in response to the American practice of taking digital fingerprints of sportsmen, political officials and other Iranians, sometimes with an insulting attitude,” MP Kazem Jalali said during the debate.

Until now, only US journalists have been subjected to digital fingerprinting on arrival in Tehran.

Diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran have been frozen since Washington broke off ties in 1980 following the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979.

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