Highest UN court orders US to suspend sanctions against Iran

Highest UN court orders US to suspend sanctions against Iran

In a victory for Iran against US, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the United States to make sure that its unilateral sanctions against Iran will not endanger the flow of "humanitarian" supplies into the country.

The Hague-based court, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, announced its decision on Wednesday regarding the July lawsuit brought by Tehran against Washington's decision to re-impose unilateral sanctions following the US exit from the the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran’s lawsuit argued that the sanctions violate terms of the 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the US. It also called on the court to order Washington to immediately suspend the measures.

Announcing the verdict on Wednesday, the UN’s top tribunal – known as the World Court, unanimously ruled that the US must ensure that the sanctions it has re-imposed on Iran do not impact humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety.

According to the verdict, which was read out by Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, Washington "shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities" as well as airplane parts.

In a post on his official Twitter account on July 16, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the complaint challenges the US’s “unlawful re-imposition of unilateral sanctions.”

“Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy & legal obligations. It’s imperative to counter its habit of violating int’l law,” he tweeted.

In May, Trump pulled his country out of the 2015 nuclear agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite objections from the other signatories to the accord.

In August, he re-imposed the first round of sanctions on Iran. The second phase of US bans will come into effect next month.

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