Iran: UN Court ruling another failure for 'sanctions-addicted' US
Iran's foreign minister welcomed UN court interim verdict against US and said the ruling was another failure for sanctions-addicted' US government.
Iran Press/ Iran news- "UN top court rules that US must comply with obligations violated by re-imposing sanctions on Iranian people when exiting #JCPOA. Another failure for sanctions-addicted USG and victory for rule of law," Mohammad-Javad Zarif wrote in his latest tweet on Wednesday.
He also said that the international community must work together against "malign US unilateralism
UN top court rules that US must comply with obligations violated by re-imposing sanctions on Iranian people when exiting #JCPOA. Another failure for sanctions-addicted USG and victory for rule of law. Imperative for int’l community to collectively counter malign US unilateralism. pic.twitter.com/8AMGL0tqXU
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 3, 2018
Iran's Foreign Ministry also welcomed the United Nation's top court's order and said in a statement that the verdict proves "Iran's righteousness and US' illegitimate and oppressive sanctions."
The order also proves that Washington is isolated further due to its "wrong" policies vis-a-vis other independent countries, the statement said.
"World public opinion and all independent countries will, with peace of mind, strive... to keep and carry out the JCPOA," it added, using the official acronym for the nuclear agreement.
The International Court of Justice, handed Iran a legal victory over the US on Wednesday and 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.
The ICJ unanimously ruled that Washington "shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities."
The Netherlands-based court said sanction on goods "required for humanitarian needs... may have a serious detrimental impact on the health and lives of individuals on the territory of Iran."
The UN court decision strengthens Iran's argument in the international arena that the country is the victim of a unilateral US violation of the nuclear accord. It also gives weight to Iran's position that the sanctions amount to collective punishment on the Iranian people.
Rulings by the ICJ are binding and cannot be appealed, but it has no way to enforce its decisions.
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.