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Iran MPs introduce US compensation bill

Press TV – December 28, 2015

Iran’s lawmakers introduce an urgent bill, demanding compensation from the US for “the damages which it has inflicted” on the country since 1953.

The MPs, irked by recent moves in the US for appropriation of Iran’s frozen assets, presented the bill Monday with a single urgency status, meaning it will be discussed immediately in parliament.

“In order to redeem the rights of the Iranian nation, the Administration is obliged to take necessary legal measures on receiving compensations and damages from the American government in proportion to its role in the following cases,” the draft bill said, listing the cases in 11 entries.

On top of the list, the bill demands restitution from the US over loss of lives and property damage resulting from the CIA-led 1953 coup which toppled the government of Mohammad Mosaddeq and restored the shah as an absolute dictator.

The US should also pay compensation for more than 223,000 Iranians killed and about 600,000 others injured “due to American intelligence, political and military cooperation” with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his 1980-1988 war on Iran, it said.

The bill further seeks damages over US support for MKO and other terrorist groups in assassinating and kidnapping Iranians and hijacking the country’s flights as well as Washington’s sanctions on Tehran and blockade of its assets.

The MPs have also cited the US government complicit in Saudi killing of Iranian pilgrims in 1987 and deaths of several hundred others during the Hajj stampede in Mina in September and demanded compensation.

‘American theft’

The motion comes in the wake of recent measures taken in the US to appropriate Iranian assets frozen in bank accounts in the country.

The US Supreme Court is reportedly considering a case filed by over 1,300 Americans pressing to receive billions of dollars of the Iranian money in awarded damages over two bombings in Beirut and Saudi Arabia in 1983 and 1996.

The Obama administration has reportedly urged the court not to overturn the decisions of US circuit and appeals courts to award the plaintiffs.

In 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order blocking all of the Central Bank of Iran’s assets held in the US in order to prevent Tehran from repatriating them.

At the same time, Congress passed a law which included a provision making it easier for the Americans to use Iranian funds frozen in the US.

“The American government’s move to lay hands on Iran’s blockaded assets amounts to theft and we are working to answer it,” Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday.

On Thursday, US media said each of the 53 hostages held during the 1979 takeover of the American embassy in Tehran by Iranian students would receive compensation under a spending bill passed last Friday.

December 28, 2015 - Posted by | Economics, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I don’t like Iran’s chances of any success in legal action against the USA, but it does shine a light on American hypocrisy, which allows the USA to freeze assets of other countries for political reasons, but the recently signed Trans Pacific Partnership will allow American corporations to sue foreign governments who pass legislation which effect the profitability of U.S. Corporations, ie, Australia’s cigarette plain packaging laws.

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 28, 2015 | Reply

    • It will prove that, in the US, Zionism prevails over commerce. US economic relations with Iran will not be improving, to the detriment of US exports and US services (the losers). Normal economic affairs between Americans and Iran will simply not serve Israel well. So we must all sacrifice.

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      Comment by aletho | December 28, 2015 | Reply

  2. $15 trillion ok?
    no? add all the kagans to serve as manure cleaners

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    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | December 28, 2015 | Reply

  3. What took Iran so long to exercise its legal and rightful laws to sue the systemic culprits who are looting the world by making self-serving laws to steal other countries assets. Let USA ZioCabal have the taste of their own medicine and see how righteous they would become!!

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    Comment by Mohammed Cohen | December 28, 2015 | Reply


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