US freezing $1.6 bln of CBI assets JCPOA violation: MP

March 7, The Iran Project – An Iranian Member of Parliament says US freezing $1.6 billion in assets belonging to Iran’s central bank is a violation of JCPOA.

Seyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission made the remarks in reaction to the recent action taken by a judge in Luxembourg putting a freeze on $1.6 billion of Iran’s central bank assets as compensation for the victims of September 11, 2001.

Speaking to a reporter on Tuesday, the Iranian lawmaker condemned seizing Iran’s assets and said such measures are not only against the nuclear deal but also question international laws and regulations.

Under the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the world powers, the respective countries must not attack Iran’s interests and prevent it from having economic and trade relations with other countries, Naghavi Hosseini added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he urged Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a firm response to the US illegal action.

Reportedly, Iran said it was “completely unfair” for US lawyers to try to seize its overseas assets as compensation for the victims of September 11, 2001.

In 2012, a New York judge ordered Iran to pay $7 billion in damages to the families and estates of victims from the 2001 attacks, claiming that the country aided al-Qaeda by allowing the group’s members to travel through its territory.