Ahmadinejad demands WWII reparations from Allied powers
Iran President orders a team to calculate all damages inflicted on Iran in the 1941 Allied invasion.
Iran suffered immensely after it was invaded by the Allies during World War II and deserves reparations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a live broadcast on state television Saturday.
The hard line Iranian President has ordered the formation of a team to study the damages the country suffered from the 1941 Allied invasion in order to demand compensation.
"You inflicted lots of damages to the Iranian nation, put your weight on the shoulders [of the Iranian people] and became victors in the World War II. You didn't even share the war profits with Iran," Ahmadinejad said.
"If I say today that we will take full compensation ... know that we will stand to the end and will take it."
Ahmadinejad didn't elaborate on the details but he had earlier said he would write to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to ask that Iran be compensated for the damages caused to its people during the war and for the use of its territory and resources by Allied powers.
"A team has been assigned to calculate all the damages (inflicted on Iran) in the Second World War. This will be an invoice they (Allies powers) must pay to the Iranian nation," said Ahmadinejad.
Britain and the Soviet Union invaded Iran on August 26, 1941, codenamed Operation Countenance to secure Iranian oil fields and ensure supply lines for the Soviets fighting Axis forces.
Food, fuel and other essentials were scarce amid mounting inflation and there was great hardship on the Iranian people as the needs of invading powers were given priority.
Ahmadinejad also warned that Iran may also demand compensation for the damages it suffered during World War I, the Western support for the former Pahlavi Dynasty and its hostility towards Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.