Iran’s Rouhani lashes out at US over assets confiscation
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 27
By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has described the seizure of around $2 billion in frozen assets recently authorized by a US court ruling as an "outright theft" and "major judicial scandal" for the US.
President Rouhani said that the government spares no efforts to protect the rights of Iranian nation, Mehr news agency reported.
Addressing an administrative meeting April 27, he said that his government will follow the case aimed at safeguarding the rights of Iran.
Terming the US court ruling as "highway robbery", Rouhani said that the decision is against the law.
On April 20, the US Supreme Court ruled that a part of Iran's frozen assets had to be turned over to the American families of the victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran.
The money confiscated under the US court ruling belongs to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) blocked under US sanctions.
Tehran has denied any role in the terrorist attacks describing the Islamic Republic as a "victim of terrorism".