Yesterday, Iranian Majlis (Parliament) voted a bill obliging West’s “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani administration to demand compensation from the United States for 63 years of hostile actions and crimes against Iranian nation.
The outlines of the bill were passed with 174 votes in favor and seven against. Four MPs abstained.
Should the bill be signed into law by the Guardian Council, the government must demand Washington for compensation for, among other things, its misappropriating of Iranian assets frozen in the US banks under various pretexts.
The bill cites “material or moral damage” caused by the CIA-sponsored military coup against the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953, Washington’s support for Saddam Hussein’s 8-year war against Iran in the 1980s, causing death of over 1.5 million civilians and loss of $6 trillion infrastructure on both sides, and murder of 290 civilians on Iran Flight 655 on July 3, 1988.
Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari said during the debate that “Iranian courts have already ruled that the US pay $50 billion in damages for its hostile actions” towards the country.
The decision by Majlis was a response to the US Supreme Court which on April 20, 2016 voted to seize nearly $2 billion of Iranian assets as compensation to victims of an attack on US marines in Beirut in 1983, which was an Israeli false flag meant to turn Americans against Arabs.
Iran has categorically denied any role in the attack, and has threatened to challenge US Supreme Court decision at International Court, calling it Highway robbery.