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Iran files complaint with the U.S. to the UN court

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in 1983

Baku. 16 June. REPORT.AZ/ Iran has filed a formal complaint with the International Court of Justice to recover nearly $2 billion in assets frozen in the United States.

Report informs citing the foreign media, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran.

The Iranian complaint was filed on Tuesday, Rouhani said at an "iftar" evening gathering in Tehran to break the Islamic Ramadan fast, according to the website of Iranian state television.

More than 1,000 plaintiffs in the case have accused Iran of providing material support to Hezbollah, the Shi'ite Islamist political and military group responsible for the 1983 truck bomb attack that killed 241 U.S. service personnel in Beirut.

They also sought compensation related to other attacks including the 1996 Khobar Towers truck bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. service personnel.

After the April Supreme Court ruling, Caragh Fay, a lawyer representing the victims of the Beirut attack, said it could take from three months to a year for the funds to be dispersed to plaintiffs.

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