Nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to the families of Americans killed in Iran-sponsored terror attacks, the US Supreme Court has ruled.

The 6-2 decision upheld lower court rulings in favour of relatives of the 241 US Marines who died in a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut and other Iran-linked attacks.

The ruling dealt a significant blow to Iran’s central bank, which fought to stave off paying the victims’ relatives.

Ted Olson, a lawyer for the victims, said: “We are extremely pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision, which will bring long-overdue relief to more than 1,000 victims of Iranian terrorism and their families, many of whom have waited decades for redress.”

Lawyers for Iran’s Bank Markazi have not yet commented on the ruling.

The case before America’s highest court centred on legislation passed by Congress in 2012 requiring that the funds be used to satisfy a $2.65bn judgment won by the families against Iran in 2007.

In the court’s majority opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rejected the bank’s argument that the law infringed upon the role of courts by indicating how a case should be decided.

She wrote the law instead “directs courts to apply a new legal standard to undisputed facts”. It was therefore up to the courts, she added, to determine how that standard should be implemented.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor were the court’s two dissenters.

The ruling comes during a delicate period in US-Iranian relations following the implementation in January of a controversial nuclear accord the included the lifting of economic sanctions on Tehran.

The decision also coincides with pending legislation in Congress that would allow families of the 9/11 attacks told hold the government of Saudi Arabia liable in US court.

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Nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to the families of Americans killed in Iran-sponsored terror attacks, the US Supreme Court has ruled. The 6-2 decision upheld lower court rulings in favour of relatives of the 241 US Marines who died in a 1983 terrorist attack...