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Washington's Dirty Laundry: Iran to Sue US for 63 Years of Transgressions

© Flickr / BastianThe "US Den of Espionage" in Tehran, formerly known as the US Embassy, has many anti-American paintings on its outer walls. file photo
The US Den of Espionage in Tehran, formerly known as the US Embassy, has many anti-American paintings on its outer walls. file photo - Sputnik International
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The White House's actions against Iran run counter to all norms of international law, Hossein Sheikholeslam, advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker, told Sputnik.

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In an interview with Sputnik, Hossein Sheikholeslam, advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker, pointed the finger at Washington for violating all international norms when pursuing its policy on Iran.

The interview came after Iranian lawmakers reportedly gave preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the US for the damage Iran has suffered as a result of every hostile move the US has taken against the country over the past 63 years.

Sheikholeslam said that his country's parliament is up in arms against "such actions" and that Washington should be brought to justice for its misdeeds.

© AFP 2021 / INTERCONTINENTALERioters armed with staves shout slogans, during riots in Tehran, August 1953
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"We cannot remain silent and we will file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice in The Hague for such illegal actions. In addition, we also intend to sue Washington for all the crimes committed by the US against Iran since the 1953 coup. Staged by the US special services, it led to the torture and murder of scores of innocent Iranian citizens," he said.

He cited  a spate of what he described as the White House's other illegal moves against Iran, including Washington's role in the killing hundreds of Iranians during the 1979 Revolution and the 1988 downing of an Iranian A300 airliner by the US missile cruiser Vincennes over the Persian Gulf. 

"All of these are none other than US crimes against the Iranian people, which are out of line with previously signed international agreements. So Washington should be taken to court for all of these [transgressions], which is why we decided to lodge a relevant lawsuit," he said.

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Of 290 Iranian lawmakers attending last week's session of parliament, 181 voted in favor of the bill to file a lawsuit against the White House.

The vote on the bill followed the release of newly-declassified documents containing details of the CIA-orchestrated ouster of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh 60 years ago.

Iran is also preparing to take international legal action to recover nearly $2 billion that the US Supreme Court has ordered to be paid as compensation to American victims of terror attacks, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

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