Iran’s top judiciary has ordered the USA to pay up $130 billion in damages about a year after the United Nation’s top court ruled that the Trump’s administration should ease sanctions against Tehran to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian goods.
The spat is only the latest in a decades-long series of legal battles between the USA and Iran, foes since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted the latter’s Western-backed monarchy in favor of the clerical leadership in charge today.
In 1988, toward the end of an eight-year war in which the U.S. backed Iraq against Iran, a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 civilian passengers and crew, amid heightened tensions in the waters of the Persian Gulf.
Washington never admitted legal fault but ultimately paid out up to $61.8 million in compensation for the victims’ families as part of a settlement reached in 1996 at the International Court of Justice, the Hague-based, highest U.N. judiciary body, also called the World Court.
The latest news on the case was a press release issued last week in which the International Court of Justice authorized a reply by Iran and rejoinder by the USA to be filed by August 17, 2020, and May 17, 2021, respectively.
The families of U.S. victims blaming Iran for attacks such as the 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut and the 9/11 hijackings in 2001 have also sought billions from Iran in U.S. courts, which have often awarded them the amount.
Iran has not complied. However, the US regime has used frozen Iranian bank assets to cover the fabricated claims.
Last September, then-national security adviser John Bolton warned the USA would not only ignore any investigations, but would “let the ICC die on its own” threatening to sanction and even arrest any judges probing the US regime or its allies.
Newsweek / Black Hole Zoo News 2020.