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Iran says US travel ban on Muslim-majority countries is “racist”

U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslims
U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims

The Iranian Government says the United States Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is “racist” and “unfair.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is “regrettable” that Washington “closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorist acts in the US,” without elaborating.

Critics say the ban is intended to meet Trump’s campaign promise of keeping Muslims out of the country.

The administration says the restrictions are needed to keep out terrorists while it tightens vetting procedures. (AP)