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International Court of Justice. AP

London-The Iranian government said in a statement on Sunday that it has submitted a detailed complaint divided into four parts about the confiscation of funds withheld in America to The Hague’s International Court of Justice.

Following the Islamic Republic of Iran’s complaint against the U.S. at the ICJ in June, the International Law Center of the Presidential Office managed on January 1 to have the ICJ file the detailed bill along with the related proof and evidence in four parts.

Iran said on Monday that it would seek to sue the United States at the ICJ at The Hague to prevent the distribution of nearly $2 billion in impounded assets from Iran’s Central Bank to compensate American victims of overseas attacks and asked for denouncing the anti-Iran measures of Washington.

Since 1984, the U.S. has been labeling Iran a leading state sponsor of terrorism.

The Supreme Court decision affected more than 1,000 Americans — survivors of, and relatives of people killed in attacks that the American authorities have attributed to Iranian operatives.

The attacks include the 1983 truck bombing of a Marine base in Beirut and a truck bombing in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, in 1996.

Iran has denied responsibility for these attacks and have accused the United States of using them as an excuse to steal their money through the Supreme Court decision.

Based on the report, the detailed bill was registered against the U.S. government for devising laws and regulations in contradiction with the international law and violation of the agreement reached between the two states, the so-called Amity Treaty, and the 1955 treaty on the economic and consular relations between Iran and the U.S., signed by the two sides fifty years ago.