Baghdad Post, January 17, 2018 - A member of the Iranian parliament’s research arm has disclosed that 100 of Iran’s top officials are US permanent residency (green card) holders.
In an interview with Tasnim news agency, run by the Iranian Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), a conservative MP, Hossein-Ali Haji-Deligani said on Tuesday that a research concerning senior officials, who are green card holders, was delivered to the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission last Monday.
Iran ratified a motion last November, paving the way for investigating the cases of top Iranian officials who have dual citizenship or carry US green card.
“The 33-page report, with forty pages of documents and appendices, show that one hundred of the senior officials of the country have either dual nationality or carry US green cards,” maintained Haji-Deligani.
Insisting that the names of these top officials have been listed in the report, Haji-Deligani implicitly accused Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif of negligence, “While probing the case, we found out that there was no supervision over those with dual citizenship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
Directly criticizing the Interior Ministry, the Conservative MP said, “The Interior Ministry has failed to identify those who have dual citizenship”.
But if American dual-citizens hold top positions in Iran, it could also be an issue under US law.
The State Department website cautions, “Dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries, and either country has the right to enforce its laws. It is important to note the problems attendant to dual nationality. Claims of other countries upon US dual-nationals often place them in situations where their obligations to one country are in conflict with the laws of the other.”
Moreover, it would be interesting to find out if any Iranian officials obtained US permanent residency or citizenship, while they have already served Iran.
The case of top Iran managers with dual citizenship has once again emerged at a time when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ’s office on August 17 described a conservative MP’s comments as “disgraceful for the position of legislators” and “repeating the criminal act against national security and interest”.
The conservative representative of Mashhad, Javad Karimi Qoddousi had earlier claimed that some of the members of Rouhani’s administration have dual nationality, while one of Rouhani’s nominees for serving as the minister has a non-Iranian wife.
Iran does not recognize dual citizenship.