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Former Iranian President Writes to Obama Over $2B Court Ruling

  • Associated Press

FILE - Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves from his car outside his house in northeastern Tehran, Iran, Aug. 3, 2015.

FILE - Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves from his car outside his house in northeastern Tehran, Iran, Aug. 3, 2015.

Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to "quickly fix'' a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could cost Iran some $2 billion.

That April ruling allows families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and other attacks linked to Iran to collect monetary damages from frozen Iranian funds.

In the letter, which was posted on Monday on a website affiliated with Ahmadinejad's office, he writes: "I passionately advise you not to let the historical defamation and bitter incident be recorded under your name.''

Ahmadinejad says he gave the letter to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in Iran. Embassy officials declined to comment.

The letter comes amid speculation about Ahmadinejad's political future.

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