Worldwide court to rule on lifting US sanctions on Iran
01:44, Oct 4, 2018
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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.
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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.
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