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Iran Suggests It Will Limit Issuing of US Visas

FILE - An Iranian Mahan Air passenger plane takes off as a plane of Iran's national air carrier, Iran Air, is parked at left, at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Feb. 7, 2016.

Iran's Foreign Ministry is suggesting the country will limit issuing visas to American tourists in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump's suspension of immigration and visas for nationals from Muslim countries including Iran.

The official IRNA news agency Sunday carried a statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry that said Iran would resort to "counteraction" to Trump's executive order.

The statement said: "Iran, to defend the dignity of the great Iranian nation, will implement the principle of reciprocity until the removal of the insulting restriction against Iranian nationals."

The statement added: "It will apply corresponding legal, consular and political actions."

The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since 1979, when militants stormed the U.S. Embassy.