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Iran orders US to pay compensation to dead nuclear scientists

TEHRAN, Iran ( Associated Press) — A court in Iran on Thursday ordered the US government to pay more than $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state media reported.

The largely symbolic decision highlights the escalation of tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s booming nuclear program, while talks to restore a frayed nuclear deal have stalled..

While Tehran has in the past blamed Israel for the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists a decade ago, Iran did not directly blame its nemesis Israel in its statement. Iran did not recognize Israel after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which overthrew the pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamists to power.

The court only mentioned Israel in that the US supported the “Zionist regime” in its “organized crime” against the victims.

It’s not clear how the court’s decision, like so many previous Iranian cases against the US, as both sides have engaged in a growing escalation of threats, will gain support; there are no American assets in the Islamic Republic to confiscate.

However, the judiciary branch that handles Iranian complaints against the US has called 37 former US officials, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Iranian envoy Brian Hook, and former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. .

Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed tough economic sanctions on Iran that cut off much of its oil revenue and international financial transactions.

President Joe Biden wanted to return to an agreement, but talks have stalled in recent weeks over America’s designation of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, Iran is enriching uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels under easing international oversight. Earlier this month, Iran removed 27 surveillance cameras from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency in a move its director warned could deal a “mortal blow” to the nuclear deal..

The families of three nuclear scientists who were killed in targeted killings, as well as one nuclear scientist injured in the attack, filed a lawsuit in Tehran, without naming the plaintiffs, according to the country’s state news agency IRNA. The court ruled that the US must pay $4.3 million in total damages, including fines.

Iran and Israel are engaged in a shadow war in the Middle East and its waters.. This conflict has escalated with recent alleged targeted killings of Iranian nuclear scientists and military officials.. In late 2020, Iran accused Israel of killing its chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.with a remote-controlled machine gun while driving outside Tehran.

Iran also imposed sanctions on prominent US political and military figures for alleged “terrorism” and “human rights violations” in retaliation for the US assassination of Iranian top commander Qasem Soleimani two years ago.

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