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Iran's Parliament panel opposes fingerprinting of American nationals

Tehran, Sept 6, IRNA -- Iran's Majlis (Parliament) Research Center's bureau of political studies turned down here Sunday a proposed bill that would require US nationals entering the country to be fingerprinted, reported a morning paper in Tehran on Monday.

The Persian-language 'Mardomsalari' reported that the plan to fingerprint Americans entering Iran was first brought up by the 6th Majlis but was not acted upon pending the results of an expert study on the subject by the Majlis Research Center.

After conducting the study, the center gave the assessment that the plan would not secure national interests and could even be harmful to the nation.

"In light of the current domestic and international political situation, the bill if approved will not help restore the rights of Iranian citizens and will not add to their national dignity," argued the center.

It noted that the approval of the plan could even pave the way for further US hostility and fan the flames of American hatred against Iranians, the paper quoted the center as saying. The plan would then not serve the aims of its planners, it added.

"With Tehran pursuing policies of greater interaction with other states and preventing tensions at the international level," the center said, "it would do well to encourage relations with other countries based on the three elements of dignity, wisdom and interest," the paper further quoted the center as saying.

The Majlis Research Center also noted that governments pursue policies that ease tensions at the international level but use their potentials to further their own national interests and the same applies to the Islamic Republic, the paper said.

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