Iran should file new suit against Trump in ICJ: US law professor

IRNA – Iran should file a second suit against the US President Donald Trump for his threatening rhetoric against the Islamic Republic, a professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law said.

Iran can again refer to the International Court of Justice and call for issuance of Restraining Order by the court to stop the US threat of force, Francis Anthony Boyle said to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in New York on Friday.

He described the US threatening rhetoric as provocative.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), having seat in the Hague, set a time on Tuesday to investigate Iran’s lawsuit against the US and deal with the issue.

In line with the World Court procedure, President of the ICJ Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has sent an official letter based on Article 74, paragraph 4 of the Court Rules, to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to avoid taking any new measure and not to change the conditions.

Iran has filed a suit in the ICJ against the US re-imposition of unilateral sanctions as Washington withdrew unilaterally from the Iran Deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8.

Experts believe that the ICJ letter is like a temporary order that bars any illegal action on financial cases. And the letter shows how ICJ attaches importance to Iran’s lawsuit.

Iran through its complaint voiced that Washington’s measure to re-impose sanctions against Tehran is against the US international commitments based on a 1955 treaty between Iran and the US which entered into force in 1957, Mohebbi added.

In its lawsuit, Tehran had asked ICJ to hear the case in a session and before that to forbid the US from re-imposing unilateral sanctions which will have negative impact on health, treatment, medicine and aviation security in Iran.

Article 74, paragraph 4 of the Rules of Court draws “the attention of both Parties to the need to act in such a way as to enable any Order the Court will make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects.”