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Iran rallies after being tapped to give billions to Beirut bombing family members

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Rescue and clean-up crews search for casualties following the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut on October 23, 1983.
Rescue and clean-up crews search for casualties following the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut on October 23, 1983.

 

TAHRAN (CİHAN)- Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday approved outlines of a bill to oblige President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to seek compensation from the United States over Washington’s “damaging” policies against Iran and its nationals, Press TV reported.

If the bill is signed into law, Rouhani’s administration would be required to urge Washington to compensate for, among other things, its “misappropriating of Iranian assets frozen in the U.S. banks under various pretexts,” the report said.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that almost two billion dollars in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to U.S. citizens killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. barracks in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran.

The assets belong to the Central Bank of Iran, which has been blocked under U.S. sanctions.
On Tuesday, Iranian hardliner legislator Hamid Rasa’ei also proposed a complementary to the bill that obliges Iran to “seize U.S. assets” passing through the strategic Straight of Hormuz in response to the U.S. hostile acts.

“If the U.S. should seek to misappropriate the Iranian nation’s assets, the strait must be turned into an insecure place for them and U.S. vessels be banned from passing through it,” he was quoted as saying.

Such a counter-measure would be both “logical and legal,” he added. (Cihan/Xinhua) Cihan CİHAN

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