ICJ Warns US against Taking New Move on Iran Sanctions

The International Court of Justice has urged Washington not to take any new step regarding its sanctions on Iran until the tribunal issues its verdicts on a lawsuit filed by the Islamic Republic against the re-imposition of US sanctions, an Iranian official said.

Mohsen Mohebbi, the head of Iran’s Presidential Centre for International Legal Affairs, said the ICJ has issued the warning in a letter to US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.

Iran filed a lawsuit against the US alleging that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the ICJ said on July 17.

Iran said in its filing that Trump’s move “has violated and continued to violate multiple provisions” of the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights.

The ICJ letter asks the US not to make moves that may prevent the upcoming decision of the tribunal on the case from taking effect, he said.

Mohebbi said Iran’s lawsuit asked the ICJ to order the US not to re-impose sanctions before more detailed arguments.

The first hearing session in the case will be held on August 27, the ICJ letter said.

The ICJ, which is based in The Hague and is also known as the World Court, is the United Nations tribunal for resolving international disputes.

Although the ICJ’s decisions are binding, it has no power to enforce them, and countries, including the United States, have occasionally ignored them.

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