Top UN court orders US to lift Iran sanctions
The International Court of Justice ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to the safety of civil aviation.
Iran Press/America: Judges at the International Court Of Justice handed a victory to Tehran which had asked the International Court in the Hague to order US to lift sanctions ordered by the Trump administration against Tehran, according to Reuters.
Tehran filed its case before the International Court of Justice in late July, calling on the Hague-based tribunal's judges to order the immediate lifting of sanctions, which Tehran said would cause "irreparable prejudice."
During four days of hearings in late August, Iran's lawyers accused Washington of "strangling" its economy.
Washington however forcefully told the court – which rules on disputes between United Nations member states – that it has no jurisdiction to rule on this case as it concerns a matter of national security.
Rulings by the ICJ are binding and cannot be appealed, but it has no way to enforce its decisions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the sanctions were a form of "psychological warfare" aimed at regime change.
"The economic warfare that the United States and some of its regional clients are conducting against Iran is psychological warfare more than real economic warfare," Zarif told BBC radio.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Tehran and the world powers in 2015.
Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the OPEC producer's oil from November 4 or face financial consequences.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Donald Trump’s decision to scrap the nuclear deal was sharply criticised by other signatories of the deal, who have pledged to uphold their side of the agreement.