Worldwide court to rule on lifting US sanctions on Iran

Iran alleges that the sanctions breach a 1955 bilateral agreement known as the Treaty of Amity that regulates and promotes economic and consular ties between the two countries.

In a victory for Tehran's campaign to isolate Washington from the worldwide community, the global Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered President Trump's administration to lift sanctions on humanitarian supplies and aviation equipment entering Iran.

President Trump restored tough sanctions dropped by his predecessor Barack Obama during 2015 in May this year, ostensibly over concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an worldwide court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy.

"We ought to have pulled out of it decades ago", Pompeo said, calling it "39 years overdue" in a reference to the 1979 revolution in Iran.

Earlier, Pompeo denounced the Iranian case before the United Nations court as "meritless" and said the Treaty of Amity was meaningless and absurd. "And Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes".

The US move, a largely symbolic gesture, highlights deteriorating relations between Washington and Tehran.

The country's top diplomat said the U.S. would continue to provide humanitarian assistance but called on Iranian officials to do more to protect their citizens instead of spreading terror around the globe.

The JCPOA brought Iran's nuclear program under tight worldwide controls, but freed the country from heavy sanctions. It takes a great deal of pressure for sanctions to squeeze a regime so hard that the ruling elite truly feels the pinch.

"The court considers that the United States must.remove by means of its choosing any impediment arising from the measures announced on 8 May 2018", said Presiding Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf, reading a summary of a ruling by the 15-member panel of justices. He added that it is imperative for the global community "to collectively counter malign U.S. unilateralism".

On Friday, Pompeo pulled all USA diplomats out of the American consulate in Basra, Iraq, after several violent incidents near the facility and elsewhere in the country.

The court's rulings are binding, but it does not have a way to enforce them.

"Iran is the source of the current threat to the Americans in Iraq".

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hailed the ruling on Twitter, saying it is "another failure for sanctions-addicted USG [U.S. government] and victory for rule of law".

Announcing the decision, the court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said US sanctions on goods "required for humanitarian needs.may have a serious detrimental impact on the health and lives of individuals on the territory of Iran". "Our intelligence in this regard is solid".

Trump began to reinstate US sanctions on Tehran in August, with sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector set to retake effect November 4.

The ICC prosecutes people accused of war atrocities while the ICJ settles disputes between nations.

Trump's unilateral move has put it at odds with the other signatories to the deal, including Washington's close European allies Britain, France and Germany as well as Russian Federation and China.


Popular
  • Manchester City's Leroy Sane: I welcome Pep Guardiola criticism

    Manchester City's Leroy Sane: I welcome Pep Guardiola criticism

    He limped off after scoring in their 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday but still took part in training. In light of the home defeat by Lyon in City's opening game, Guardiola was especially pleased.
    Beto O’Rourke makes apparent Clash reference during Cruz debate

    Beto O’Rourke makes apparent Clash reference during Cruz debate

    Not surprisingly, Cruz said he supports President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall at the border and O'Rourke does not. Instead, Cruz said he "loved his wife very much" - a callback to when Trump insulted Cruz's wife, Heidi, on Twitter.
    Captain Marvel Trailer Reaction: When Can I Buy Tickets?

    Captain Marvel Trailer Reaction: When Can I Buy Tickets?

    Well, the internet certainly seems to love it and now, fellow Marvel hero Captain America has shared his thoughts on the trailer. Marvel Studios has so far made more than $17.5 billion globally over the past decade and across 20 films.
  • Trade tensions escalate as China accuses Washington of bullying

    Trade tensions escalate as China accuses Washington of bullying

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed confident on Sunday, however, that the USA would win any potential trade war with China. "For the U.S.to go to war with China over trade is for the U.S.to enter a war that it can not win".
    The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The UEFA Champions League

    The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The UEFA Champions League

    But, Roberto Firmino of Brazil came off the bench and scored the victor for Liverpool , moments before the final whistle. Salah, who was in incredible form for Liverpool last season, has yet reached the same level this season.
    FC Barcelona Star Responds To Andres Iniesta Comparisons

    FC Barcelona Star Responds To Andres Iniesta Comparisons

    After firing PSV to the Eredivisie title with 17 goals in 2017/18, Lozano has started this season like a man on fire, too. But Messi managed just six goals in last season's tournament.
  • Three takeaways from Ohio State's win over Penn State

    Three takeaways from Ohio State's win over Penn State

    That was fine, but then he needed to be restrained from approaching the fan, who said: "I love you, but that's a bad call". After having almost 10 minutes to come up with a play to convert the fourth-and-5, one had to like Penn State's chances.
    Apple avoids serious damage from U.S.  tariffs on China

    Apple avoids serious damage from U.S. tariffs on China

    He also threatened to impose taxes on virtually all of the remaining goods imported from China, amounting to $267 billion a year. We have been ripped off by China. "If there's a retaliation against our farmers and our industrial workers our ranchers".
    Kicker carousel continues: Vikings sign Dan Bailey after waiving Daniel Carlson

    Kicker carousel continues: Vikings sign Dan Bailey after waiving Daniel Carlson

    Bailey made 91.2 percent of his kicks in indoor/domed stadiums and has never missed a point after attempt in 145 tries at home. But with a healthy amount of kickers looking for a job in the NFL , Minnesota wasted no time bringing in a seasoned veteran.
  • Emery hails Cech as Arsenal keeper frustrates Everton

    Emery hails Cech as Arsenal keeper frustrates Everton

    Emery later said he was about to replace Lacazette just before the France striker scored. "Leno will improve and learn with us". One of those who could be in line for a start is Alex Iwobi, who has already got a goal and an assist to his name this season.
    Gunmen disguised open fire at Iranian military parade

    Gunmen disguised open fire at Iranian military parade

    Iran was quick to blame Israel and the USA for the attack, dismissing Islamic State's (IS) claim that they were behind it. According to media reports, the Al-Ahvaziya terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
    Bill Cosby sentenced to prison for drugging and sexually assaulting woman

    Bill Cosby sentenced to prison for drugging and sexually assaulting woman

    Cosby is risky is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said, as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse. Montgomery Count District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the idea that Cosby's age and failing health entitled him to mercy.

CONNECT