Iran to take counter-measures following US court ruling: MP

Tehran, May 4, The Iran Project – Chairman of Iran’s parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said Iran could take counter-measures after the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court on frozen Iranian assets.

Referring to the seizure of around $2 billion in frozen assets recently authorized by a US court ruling, Chairman of Iran’s parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Wednesday that Iran possesses the means to take action against the US.

Stressing that Iran can also Sue Washington in retaliation, Boroujerdi said we expect all those who have suffered losses during the Mordad 29 coup and years after the Islamic Revolution to file a lawsuit so that we can take counter measures in response to the decision made by the US Supreme Court.

The Iranian legislator also stated that Iranian nationals can file more than 190 cases with domestic courts against Washington compared to the 90 cases pending against Iran in US courts by the date.

Moreover, answering the question whether the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission meeting dealt with the issue of the US stealing two billion dollars of Iran’s properties, Iranian Deputy FM Araqchi said “everything was discussed and the proper explanations were offered.”

Iranians bid farewell to the victims of a passenger plane shot down by the US navy over the Persian Gulf waters on July 3, 1988. (IRNA)

Asking UN chief Ban Ki-moon to pressure the US to release all frozen assets last Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif stressed that Iran reserves the right to take counter-measures against Washington and cited US involvement in the 1953 Iran coup, US backing for Baghdad in the Iran-Iraq war and the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by a US missile in 1988 as grounds for US compensation to Iranian nationals.

The US Supreme court on April 20 ruled that about USD 2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a US Marine Corps barracks in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran.

Iran has denied any role in the attack, and the money confiscated under the US court ruling belongs to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). The assets have been blocked under US sanctions.