UN court to rule on role in Iran-US sanctions case

UN court to rule on role in Iran-US sanctions case


The Hague: The United Nations Supreme Court will rule on Wednesday whether it can accept Iran’s proposal to overthrow the re-proposed nuclear sanctions by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

Tehran dragged the United States to the International Court of Justice in mid-2018, claiming that Washington violated the 1955 treaty of friendship between the two countries.

The then President Trump frustrated European allies after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, and then re-imposed sanctions.

The United States said that the International Court of Justice in The Hague has no jurisdiction and must exclude the case.

It also believes that sanctions are necessary because Iran poses a “serious threat” to international security.

The ICJ was set up by the United Nations after World War II to rule in disputes between member states.

If the court allows the case to go ahead, a final ruling could still be months or even years away.

The 2015 nuclear deal saw Tehran limit its nuclear powers and let in international inspectors, in return for an end to years of sanctions by the West.

After Trump pulled out, Iran invoked the 1955 “Treaty of Amity”, which predates the 1979 Islamic revolution that overthrew the pro-US shah and severed ties with the US.

Iran said that the re-implementation of sanctions caused “suffering” and “is destroying millions of lives.”

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