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Iranian FM warns of reciprocation if US court ruling goes in effect

United Nations, New York, June 30, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday warned that if the US denies Iran's right to its properties and assets to satisfy judgments by some of its court, Tehran will reciprocate the action.

In an interview with IRNA on Thursday, Mottaki said one of Americans' usual propaganda ploys is raising claims at the US courts based on the country's civil laws, which is contrary to the international law.

Mottaki said Iranian Majlis too adopted a law in 1999 based on which Iranian courts would have the authority to file suits against the foreign governments which take actions against Iranians.

He said under the Majlis law, many complaints have been raised against the US for its role in the 1953 coup and in the terrorist moves in Iran as well as in the killing of Iranian civilians and officials and in the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war.

He added that thus far, 3 billion dollars penalties have been issued against the US government.

Americans have committed an anti-cultural measure by issuing the recent rulings, said Mottaki, adding that Iran would naturally follow up the case in the UNESCO and the tourism related organizations.

"True, a ruling has been issued and has not yet gone into the stage of enforcement, but on the whole, it marks an indecent cultural move taken by the US," he added.

He said the American archaeologists had based on an agreement borrowed the artifacts, that had been unearthed in excavations, to put them in their cultural and scientific centers.

The ruling by an American district judge marks an impolite gesture and a disrespect for the cultural and historical heritage of nations. "Such an act is not worthy of any government," he added.

He gave assurances that all the Iranian centers active in the business have placed the affair on their agenda and will follow it.

Mottaki made the remarks in reaction to a judgment by a US federal judge which called for auctioning off part of an invaluable collection of Persian treasure at University of Chicago's Oriental Institute--thousands of clay fragments with cuneiform writing that came from Iran -- and put the cash thus gained at the disposal of Israelis.

Major portion of the artifacts come from Persepolis and their true antiquity and value can't thus be estimated.

Related News: Persian treasure trove on the line at U. of C.

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