Iran Files Lawsuit Against United States Over Seized Assets

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague over their decision to confiscate Tehran’s assets.

They are demanding compensation over the seizure of $2 billion worth of Iranian assets by the US supreme court

In April the top US court ruled that Iran must pay the sum to survivors and relatives of those killed in  terror attacks that they blamed on the Islamic republic.

Press TV reports:

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran had filed the lawsuit with the ICJ a day earlier, vowing that his administration will pursue the case to its end.

On April 20, the US Supreme Court 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. Tehran has long rejected allegations of involvement in the 1983 Beirut bombing.

The money confiscated under the US court ruling belongs to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). The assets were blocked under US sanctions.

Rouhani, who was delivering a speech to families of war martyrs and veterans in Tehran, called the verdict by the American court as illegitimate, saying that the case of American nationals killed in Lebanon has nothing to do with Iran.

“It is not clear what the Americans were doing in Lebanon and how is the case related to Iran,” Rouhani said, vowing that Iran will never keep silent on the issue and that legal action will continue until the sum and all related compensations are retrieved.

In an interview with the New Yorker published on April 25, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the seizure of Iran’s frozen assets by the US was “highway robbery,” vowing that the Islamic Republic will retrieve the sum anyway.

“It is a theft. Huge theft. It is highway robbery. And believe you me, we will get it back,” he added.

On April 28, Zarif wrote a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saying Tehran reserves the right to take countermeasures in response to the decision made by the court.