Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lied to US officials that Iranian officials have permanent residence in the United States after signing a nuclear deal with Tehran in 2015.
"There is no truth to the rumors that some officials have permanent residence permits in the United States, and no one has ever been given residence after the conclusion of the nuclear agreement," Zarif said on the sidelines of a meeting of the National Security Committee.
"Bolton's remarks are not based on any facts, just wishful thinking, and he was in a position to make such statements," Zarif told National Security Adviser John Bolton.
"Bolton and his government must understand the reality of the region and recognize the results of past policies and the pressures they have exerted on Iran, and know that their pressure is meaningless and did nothing but harass the people."
Last July, US President Donald Trump accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of "giving US citizenship to 2,500 Iranians as part of negotiations to reach an Iranian nuclear deal."
According to press reports, more than 23,000 people of Iranian origin obtained citizenship or permanent residence in the United States in 2015. 3