United Nations court orders U.S. to lift some Iran sanctions

Oct 04, 2018, 01:47
United Nations court orders U.S. to lift some Iran sanctions

"The Iranians have been ignoring it for an awfully long time, we ought to have pulled out of it decades ago", he told reporters at the State Department.

"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.

The ICJ based its ruling on a 1955 agreement between Iran and the United States to provide certain necessary items as part of an worldwide aid deal. Its decisions are binding and can not be appealed, but it has no mechanism to enforce them.

Last month, in its first legal response to the suit, United States had told United Nations judges that they had no jurisdiction to rule on Tehran's demand for them to order the suspension of debilitating the nuclear-related sanctions.

"The court finds unanimously that. the United States of America. shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on 8 May to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities,"...

Any country doing business with Iran, he said, would not be allowed to trade with the United States.

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The court unanimously said that the United States must remove trade sanctions on medicines and medical devices, foodstuffs and agricultural commodities, spare part and equipments necessary for the safety of civil aviation.

USA sanctions on aircraft spare parts also had the "potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users", according to the court.

Pompeo said the United States had already taken steps to ensure that the sanctions, which it intends to tighten next month, do not impact humanitarian aid - regardless of the court's ruling.

"I'm announcing that the U.S.is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran".

A more punishing round of sanctions against Iran's oil and financial sectors is scheduled to take effect November 4, and the United States is warning allies they could face secondary sanctions if they continue to do business with Iran. "Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit". "They could be providing humanitarian assistance to their own people, but have chosen instead a different path", he said.

"Today US withdrew from an actual US-Iran treaty after the ICJ ordered it to stop violating that treaty in sanctioning Iranian people".

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also told the BBC on Wednesday that support from Europe to preserve economic ties with the Islamic Republic in the face of US pressure was "better than expected".

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had hailed the ICJ ruling as a victory for Tehran in a tweet, where he described it as "another failure for sanctions-addicted [U.S. government] and victory for rule of law".

The ICJ's rulings are legally binding and non-apealable.

The US is expected to challenge the court's jurisdiction in a future hearing.

He added that the ruling did not go as far as Iran had requested, saying the court "issued a narrow decision on a very limited range of sectors".

It is the main judicial organ of the United Nations and settles legal disputes between member states.

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