Iran MPs introduce bill demanding compensation from US for damages

Published December 28th, 2015 - 01:00 GMT

Iran’s lawmakers have introduced a bill demanding compensation from the US for “the damages which it has inflicted” on the country since 1953, the year of the US- and British-backed coup which overthrew Mohammed Mossadegh. 

The MPs, irked by recent moves in the US regarding Iran’s frozen assets, presented the bill Monday with a single urgency status, meaning it will be discussed in parliament immediately. An unnamed US official told Reuters that the frozen assets are worth more than $100 billion.

“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 participation 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 1953 coup which restored the shah.

The bill also demands compensation for more than 223,000 Iranians killed and about 600,000 others injured “due to American intelligence, political and military cooperation” with Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war.

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