Iran said that a US federal court decision to fine Tehran $2 bln and 650 mln for the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut was “baseless” and aimed at plundering Iranian assets. “This decision is baseless. Unfortunately some courts in the United States, without listening to the other side’s views and without investigation, issue verdicts that are not legally defendable,” Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters.
“These decisions show political pressures to plunder Iran’s assets in the US,” he said, adding that Tehran would follow up the case through its representative at the United Nations.
On Friday, a US federal court ruled that the Islamic republic should pay out the sum to the families of 241 soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing.
The victims’ families hope to get restitution from Iranian funds blocked in US banks since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Tehran that overthrew the US-backed Shah’s regime.
US troops were deployed in Lebanon in 1982 as part of a UN-sponsored multinational peacekeeping force after the Israeli invasion in hopes of containing the country’s civil war.