Deputy FM: Iran to reciprocate US court ruling

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi warned of Tehran’s retaliation against a recent court ruling by the US Supreme Court which authorized the transfer of $2 billion of Tehran’s frozen assets to the families of the victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut.

“Iran will take countermeasures against the US unfair behaviors,” Rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Nozar Shafiyee quoted Araqchi as saying during a meeting with his commission members on Monday.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister, meantime, pointed to the double-urgency of a bill that would require the government to claim compensation from the US for its hostile acts against Iran, and said, “The bill does not run counter to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Araqchi said that as long as the US officials act unilaterally and unfairly against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran reserves the right to take reciprocal measures as it is a norm in the international relations.

Araqchi’s remarks come in reaction to the US Supreme Court’s decision in April to seize about $2 billion in frozen assets of Iran.

The US court ruled that the money had to be turned over to the American families of the people killed in a 1983 bombing in 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.

On Sunday, over 181 Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of the double-urgency of a bill that would require the government to claim compensation from the US for its hostile acts against Iran.

The lawmakers called for urgent deliberations on the bill that would necessitate the Islamic Republic’s government to seek damage from Washington in compensation for its hostile acts against Iran.

The cases include the US involvement in the 1953 coup against the government of then democratically-elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. The coup consolidated the rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, then Shah of Iran, for 26 more years and guaranteed the West’s oil interests in Iran.

The bill also requires the government to seek compensation from the US for its support for Iraq’s Saddam Hussain during his invasion of Iran in the 1980s.

Under the proposed bill, Washington should also pay for damage it inflicted on the Islamic Republic by dipping into Iran’s assets frozen in the US banks. Tehran would be also obliged to claim compensation from the US for supporting or contributing to the Israeli regime’s anti-Iran measures.

The bill further requires the government to take legal action against Washington if it fails to deliver on its promises to Iran.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with The New Yorker that the move “is a theft. Huge theft. It is highway robbery. And believe me, we will get it back.”

By Fars News Agency