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April 25, 2016 7:20 pm

Iran Threatens US With Legal Action Over Payment to Terror Victims

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Iran threatened to take legal against in the International Court of Justice against the United States government for a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would allow the families of terror victims to collect compensation from frozen Iranian assets.

“We hold the US administration responsible for preservation of Iranian funds and if they are plundered, we will lodge a complaint with the ICJ for reparation,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, AFP reported.

In a 6-2 decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling would deduct $2 billion in Iranian frozen assets to the survivors or families of Iranian terror attacks. The decision affects over 1,000 Americans from a range of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon and the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.

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