Oct 06, 2018 20:27 Asia/Tehran

Iran's Vice-President for Legal Affairs, La'ya Joneidi has emphasized that Iran has strengthened its international legal standing over the past five years, and that this trend is set to continue into the future. She said we will continue to strengthen our "legal infrastructure."

In an exclusive interview with Iran Press on Saturday, Iran's Vice-President for Legal Affairs, La'ya Joneidi, emphasized that the Iranian nation has advanced considerably over the past 4 or 5 years, with the nation evolving and Iranian public becoming better informed and more sophisticated. 

In further comments she said: "Instruments of soft power are many, but the most important of these instruments is international law. Perhaps five years ago America was in a better legal position than the Islamic Republic. But today, after the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) , and America's withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US is on shaky legal ground, the United States has flouted international law by withdrawing from the UN-approved multilateral accord."

She went on to say: "On the other hand, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a solid legal position today, we are on 'terra firma' from a legal point of view.  The United Nations highest court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled in our favour, carefully considering Iran's legal argument and based on a legal framework. So it can be said that from an international legal point of view, we have improved our position, and in domestic laws too, given the fact that the vast majority of Iranians are law-abiding citizens and they always obey the law, we have also improved our position in domestic laws."          

It is worth noting that the United Nations’ highest court recently 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 industry.

The ruling by the International Court of Justice is legally binding, but it remains to be seen if the administration of President Donald Trump will comply with the ruling.