Just out that the Obama Administration granted citizenship, during the awful Iran Deal negotiation, to 2,500 Iranians - including to government officials. The U.S. has accused Iran of supporting militant groups overseas and of threatening regional stability by developing ballistic missiles.
He claimed the citizenship status was conferred as a favor to senior Iranian officials linked to President Hassan Rouhani during negotiations for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - otherwise known as the Iran Deal.
"When Obama - during the negotiations about the JCPOA - made a decision to do a favor to these men, he granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians and some officials started a competition over whose children could be part of these 2,500 Iranians", Zolnour asserted, according to Fox News.
Moreover, the Iran deal was notorious for secret side deals.
Indian refiners are preparing for any scenario in case they won't be able to import any Iranian crude oil as the United States steps up pressure on countries to bring Iranian exports down to "zero". On Monday, Fox News elevated the story, citing Fars.
While a radical Iranian cleric's words should always be taken with a grain of salt, it wouldn't exactly be shocking if Zolnour's claim turns out to be true.
The Iranian leader is in Switzerland in hopes of saving the nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the worldwide agreement in May.
President Donald Trump has since pulled out of the carefully negotiated deal which he branded the 'worst deal ever'.
The full impact of Mr Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal and Washington's move to stop foreign countries from doing business with Iran, may not be clear for months.
Zolnour, a conservative Muslim who is in the inner circle of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that anywhere from 30 to 60 Iranian youth - whose parents serve with the Iranian government - now living while studying in the U.S.
As Fox News acknowledged, DHS figures show that the number of people born in Iran who received US citizenship actually decreased by about 8 percent from 2015 to 2016, when the Iran deal went into effect. In 2015, over 10,300 Iranians became naturalized citizens with more than 9,500 in 2016.
The signatories to the deal, minus the United States, have been working on a ministerial meeting in Vienna for weeks and the date has slipped several times since preparations began. Fox News Host Sean Hannity also shared the story on his own website and on Twitter, claiming it was "developing", even though the negotiations over the Iran deal ended nearly three years ago.
But the claims are likely to stir up further resentment among Republicans who have previously criticized the Obama administration over the Iran Deal, which was reached in July 2015, claiming he conceded too much to the Middle Eastern nation. Obama administration officials are vehemently denying it.
The deal was promoted by Obama as "the best option" to (temporarily) keep Iran from wielding nuclear arms.
Zonnour told the reformist Iranian daily Etemaad: "When Mr Obama, during the JCPOA negotiations, chose to do a favour to these men [Rouhani and his aides], he granted citizenships to 2,500 Iranians and some officials competed with each other over whose children could be part of these 2,500 people".
According to statistics published by the Department of Homeland Security, there doesn't seem to be a significant rise in new US citizens or lawful permanent residents from Iran over the last decade.