NYT: U.S. Ruling Over Compensation for ’83 Beirut Bombing Riles Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) to mark the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2016.
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The New York Times reports:  TEHRAN — Anger is building among even Iran’s staunchest defenders of the historic nuclear agreement with the United States, after a recent decision by the American Supreme Court allowing relatives of victims of a 1983 bombing to sue Tehran for $2 billion in compensation from frozen Iranian funds.

On Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani (pictured), widely seen as the executor of the nuclear agreement, lashed out against the United States, calling the ruling a “continuation of hostilities against Iran” and a “flagrant theft and a legal disgrace,” the semiofficial Iranian Student News Agency reported.

The court ruled last week that the United States Congress did not exceed its constitutional role by enacting a law in 2012 making it easier for families of those killed in terrorist attacks to obtain compensation.

The decision opens a path for more than a thousand American relatives of Marines killed in the 1983 bombing of their barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, an attack that Iran has been held responsible for.

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