Iran hopeful of winning lawsuit against US in ICJ

IRNA – Iran’s vice-president for legal affairs on Tuesday expressed hope for winning the lawsuit against the US in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Iran expects the ICJ to issue an interim order as soon as possible, Laiya Joneidi told reporters, hoping that it is issued in right way.

Meanwhile, she voiced hope that Iran would win the lawsuit against the US in the final decree issued by the ICJ.

Issuing an interim order takes about a month but issuing the final decree will be time-consuming.

The official referred to the US defense during the court hearing and noted that their claims are legally unfounded.

The US continued to repeat its allegations against Iran’s nuclear and missile program in the International Court of Justice on Tuesday a day after ICJ heard Iran’s lawsuit against reinstated US sanctions on the country.

US State Department legal adviser Jennifer Newstead and other members of the US delegation tried to justify Washington’s unilateral exit from Iran nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran.

They also claimed that the ICJ lacks the jurisdiction in Iran sanctions case.

Iran argues that the re-imposed US sanctions violate a Treaty of Amity signed by the two countries in 1955.

The US lawyers said that the reinstated sanctions are aimed at protecting US national security, adding that the 1955 Treaty of Amity was a legal dodge.

The nuclear restrictions on Iran by Iran nuclear deal were not sufficient, Newstead said, adding that failure to address Iran ballistic missile issue was one of the defects of the pact.

Reiterating that the UN’s top court has no jurisdiction in the case, the head of the US delegation said that Iran’s request from ICJ to order Washington to suspend the sanctions temporarily while it hears Iran’s case in full – a process that could take years – must be rejected.

A provisional ruling is expected within a month, though no date has been set.