Iran continues to seek war reparations from Iraq

01 August 2011

Iran and Iraq are in talks

The Iranian government is continuing to seek war reparations from Iraq for damage suffered during the Iran-Iraq war.

“Seeking war reparations from Iraq for damages inflicted on Iran during the war imposed by Saddam’s [Hussein] regime is on the agenda of our talks with Iraqi officials,” says Ramin Mehmanparast, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman.

“We will pursue the issue considering the situation of the region and the degree of the Iraqi government’s control of the country’s affairs.”

In August 2010, Iran said it was drafting a plan to seek reparations. Iran says that the war with Iraq cost it $1 trillion. To compensate for this, Iran says Iraq needs to give Iran one million barrels of oil a day at $70 a barrel for 50 years.

The war between Iran and Iraq began in 1980 when Iraq invaded Iran and lasted for eight years. About one million Iranians were killed or wounded, while Iraqi casualties reached between 250,000 and 500,000.


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