US sanctions ‘ruining lives’, Iran tells United Nations courtroom


Iran urged the UN’s prime courtroom on Wednesday to listen to its bid to overturn US nuclear sanctions, saying they have been destroying the Iranian economic system and “ruining millions of lives”.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is listening to arguments this week from Tehran and Washington earlier than deciding whether or not it has jurisdiction to cope with the case.
Iran dragged the United States to the ICJ in 2018 when President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a landmark deal limiting Iran’s nuclear programme and reimposed sanctions.
Tehran’s consultant Hamidreza Oloumiyazdi instructed the courtroom by video hyperlink the sanctions have been a “clear breach” of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the US.
“The US measures and the underlying policy of ‘maximum pressure’ disregard the very foundation of international law,” Oloumiyazdi stated.
He stated the sanctions have been inflicting “hardship and suffering”, together with a file drop in Iran’s commerce, a near-doubling of meals costs, and “severe” results on the well being system.

“All that matters now for the US administration is whether its measures are succeeding in destroying the Iranian economy and ruining the lives of millions of Iranians,” Oloumiyazdi added.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Wednesday the United States will implement new “UN” sanctions on Iran beginning subsequent week, regardless of overwhelming consensus that Washington is out of bounds.
“The United States will do what it always does. It will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East,” Pompeo instructed a joint information convention with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
“We’ll do all the things we need to do to make sure that those sanctions are enforced.”
‘Grave menace’
The US urged the ICJ to reject the case on Monday, saying the sanctions don’t have anything to do with the friendship treaty, which predated the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and subsequent severing of ties between the 2 international locations.
It argued the sanctions have been vital as a result of Iran posed a “grave threat” to worldwide safety.
Washington formally ended the Treaty of Amity in late 2018 after the ICJ ordered it to ease sanctions on humanitarian items as an emergency measure whereas the general lawsuit is handled.
A call on jurisdiction by the ICJ, which was arrange after World War II to rule in disputes between nations, might take a number of months, whereas a closing ruling would take years.
The 2015 nuclear deal – involving the 5 everlasting members of the UN Security Council – the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and the US, plus Germany – has hung by a thread since Trump pulled out.

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The accord guarantees Iran sanctions reduction in change for curbing its nuclear programme, however Tehran has stepped up nuclear actions since final yr after the US reimposed sanctions.
The Trump administration additionally vowed on Wednesday to impose the “full force” of US sanctions on any worldwide arms producers who cope with Iran as soon as Washington sees a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran reimposed.
Elliott Abrams, US particular envoy on Iran, issued the warning in a briefing with reporters hours after Pompeo stated the United States would return to the UN to attempt to reinstate sanctions on Iran subsequent week, regardless of a scarcity of assist throughout the UN Security Council.
The council resoundingly rejected a US try on August 14 to increase a global arms embargo on Iran past its expiration in October, however the United States is urgent forward with its efforts based mostly by itself authorized interpretation.