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Ahmadinejad Opposes Iran's Fingerprinting Of U.S. Citizens

October 24, 2006 -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has asked parliament to set aside a bill that would require Iranian authorities to fingerprint all visiting U.S. citizens.

The bill, which lawmakers approved at a preliminary reading earlier in October, was drafted in retaliation for similar measures applied to Iranians entering the United States.

Ahmadinejad said Iran opposes what he described as the U.S. government's bullying, but he said Tehran has no problem with the American people. He said legislators should avoid a reciprocal approach.

Ahmadinejad said anyone allowed to visit Iran will be respected.

The United States broke its ties with Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution and the taking of U.S. diplomats hostage in Iran.

Tensions between the two countries have heightened in recent years over Iran's nuclear program, which Washington alleges includes a covert effort to develop weapons.