Iran will submit a claim to the United States because of the refusal to return $2 billion of frozen assets


The Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran intends to appeal to the international court of justice in the Hague against the US, reports Fars. The authorities are seeking the return of $2 billion in frozen U.S. assets.

“We have taken the necessary measures to counter the misappropriation of property of Iran. The Iranian government will submit a claim to the United States in the international court of justice. We will show the world how Americans break the law,” said Zarif, speaking before Parliament in Tehran.

Iranian officials spoke of a willingness to sue Washington in April, when the U.S. Supreme court ruled that $2 billion should go on payments to the families of the victims of the bombings in Beirut in 1983, and other attacks. In a letter to UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon, Zarif stressed that Tehran reserves the right to retaliate” at the decision of the American authorities.

Congress in 2012 passed a law which ordered Citibank to send the frozen Iranian assets to families of those killed in the Beirut attack. The authorities of Iran have repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack. In April of this year, the U.S. Supreme court refused to return the assets of the Iranian Central Bank.

The Iranian Parliament responded by ordering the government to seek from Washington the compensation for acts which the country deemed it anti-Iranian.