UPDATED 1:42 PM PT — Mon. Oct. 8, 2018
Trump administration officials have rejected Iran’s plea to release billions of its frozen assets.
In its filing with the International Court of Justice Monday, the State Department urged judges to toss Iran’s claim to recover $1.75 billion frozen in the U.S.
U.S. officials said the Iranian money will go to families of the American marines killed or injured in the 1983 bombing of barracks in Beirut. The State Department cited a 2016 Supreme Court decision to back up its position.
Iran has sought to recover the money in line with the 1955 “friendship” treaty rescinded by the U.S. last week.
“This case concerns measures taken by the United States progressively over a period of years to enable victims of terrorism to hold Iran accountable for acts of terrorism directed at or affecting U.S. persons,” stated Richard Visek, legal adviser for the State Department.
The State Department stressed, America’s legal framework allows victims to hold the Ayatollah regime accountable for its support and financing of international terrorism.