UN's top court to hear Iran lawsuit against United States

Tehran expects the International Court of Justice (ICJ)  to rule in favour of Iran despite US  propaganda actions, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Iran press/Iran-  Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States after Washington’s decision to pull out of  nuclear deal and impose sanctions, Zarif said in an interview with ICANA News Agency.

Iran's foreign minister added, American may consider this situation as an opportunity to offer negotiation but these actions are just propaganda.

Zarif said this lawsuit is completely legal and we expects the International Court of Justice to rule in favour of Iran.

In July, Iran filed a lawsuit against the United States that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries.

According to reports by media in the Hague, the Netherlands, where the UN's top court is based, the ICJ would on Monday begin to discuss  this last month lawsuit.

UN's top court to hear Iran lawsuit against United States

In its lawsuit in the ICJ, Iran has called on the court to order the US to “immediately suspend” the sanctions, saying Washington has no right to reinstate such measures.

Iran said in court papers that it “requests, pending final judgment in the case, the Court indicate... that the US shall immediately take all measures at its disposal to ensure the suspension of the implementation of all the May 8 sanctions.”


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The lawsuit said that the US “is besieging Iran economically, with all the dramatic consequences that a siege implies for the besieged population.”

UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy in a statement on Wednesday said the re-imposition of sanctions against Iran after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, which had been unanimously adopted by the Security Council with the support of the US itself, lays bare the illegitimacy of this action.

The special rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures also applauded efforts by the international community to reject the US economic bullying and said, “I am grateful for the efforts of the European Union in tackling this injustice, both through diplomatic efforts and through legislation to protect European companies from American sanctions.”


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.


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