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Iran lawmakers approve US compensation bill

By Associated Press

Iran lawmakers approve US compensation bill
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on April 22, 2016 in New York. (Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — 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 US 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 US 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.

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