Iran: World States Should Abide by ICJ’s Ruling against US

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Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou urged the international community to abide by an order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

“The US should implement the provisional measure, including refraining from measures such as wrongful sanctions which will aggravate the disputes,” Khoshrou said on Thursday, addressing a meeting of the UN General Assembly.

 

He underlined that other states are also expected to refrain from assisting the US in imposing any impediments in transactions involving specified items, which amount to violation of the court’s order in order to help preserve the primary role of the International Court of Justice as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

On October 3, the ICJ issued a ruling, reprimanding the US over its re-imposition of sanctions on Iran and ordering Washington to lift restrictive measures linked to humanitarian trade, food, medicine and civil aviation.

The Hague-based court ruling was announced more than two months after Iran complained to the ICJ in July that US President Donald Trump’s re-imposition of unilateral sanctions against Tehran following Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was in violation of the Treaty of Amity, a 1955 treaty between Iran and the US.

In response to the ICJ ruling, Washington announced it would quit the 1955 treaty, which had established economic relations and consular rights between Tehran and Washington at the time it was signed between the countries.

Iran also argued that the US had violated the terms of the JCPOA, endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, by unilaterally pulling itself out of the nuclear agreement. The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified on numerous occasions that Iran has abided by the terms of the JCPOA.

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