Iran's parliament passes bill on demands for US compensation

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Posted: May 17, 2016 6:48 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — 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.