Iran’s MPs urge govt. to take action to claim compensations from US

Tehran, April 17, The Iran project – The Iranian parliament have approved the general outlines of a bill that would obligate the government to claim compensation from the United States for its hostile moves against Iran over the past 63 years.

During an open session on Tuesday, Iran’s lawmakers adopted the double-urgency bill, in five articles with 174 votes in favor, 7 votes against, and 4 abstentions.

According to the bill, administration will have to take legal  measures to receive compensation from the US government for its crimes against Iran and its nationals n an international court.

The cases include the US involvement in the 1953 coup against the government of then democratically-elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and its role in another coup known as Nojeh, a failed attempt to overthrow the newly established Islamic Republic more than 30 years ago.

The bill also requires the government to seek compensation from the US for its role in an 8-year Iraqi-imposed war on Iran in the 1980s that led to more than 223,000 Iranian deaths, as well as the assassination of more than 17,000 Iranians with the backing of the US.

Under the 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.

Earlier, in a speech in the southeastern city of Kerman, President Rouhani pledged that Iran would “take this case to the Hague in the near future and will not spare any effort towards the restoration of the nation’s rights through legal, political and banking channels.”

Yesterday, special working group composed by Rouhani to decide what to do to retake Iranian fund from the US said on Monday that Iran would seek international arbitration to restore its rights. Minister of Economy and Finance Tayyebnia is in charge of the working group comprising foreign minister, minister of intelligence, justice minister and CBI governor to pursue the case.

Also, Hassan Ghashghavi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary Affairs said, “the US measures are a blatant violation of international conventions and there is consensus about that.” He added that the International Court of Justice also rejects the US decision on seizing Iranian assets.

The development comes in response to the US Supreme Court’s decision in April to seize about $2 billion in frozen assets of 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.