Iran’s Parliament Passes Bill on Demands for U.S. Compensation

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
Iranian lawmakers attend an open session of the outgoing parliament in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. A coalition of moderates and reformists gained bigger ground in the new parliament after Friday elections, the biggest presence of the camp over the past decade. The new parliament will take office in late May. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iranian lawmakers at a parliament session in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran’s parliament has passed a bill requiring the government demand payment from the United States as compensation for alleged damages Tehran suffered as a result of American policies over past decades.

The official IRNA news agency says the vote passed Tuesday with 174 votes in favor in the 290-seat assembly. Seven lawmakers voted against it, four abstained and the rest were absent.

The bill lists Iranian grievances such as alleged U.S. support for a 1953 military coup in Iran, the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s and confiscation of Iranian funds abroad during international sanctions.

The bill comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April on collecting nearly $2 billion of Iran’s frozen funds in damages by the families of victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon linked to Iran.