UN Court holds hearings on Iran’s lawsuit against US sanctions: Zarif

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has held hearings into Iran’s lawsuit against the US for breaching the 1955 Treaty of Amity by re-imposing sanctions.

The court sessions on Iran’s complaint have been held and the comments of the Iranian and US lawyers have been heard, Zarif said in remarks released on Friday.

“Therefore, we have to wait for the result and verdict of the ICJ on Iran’s lawsuit,” he added.

Iran has recently filed a lawsuit against the United States stating that Washington’s decision in May to re-impose sanctions after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal violates the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.

In comments on August 28, US State Department lawyer Jennifer Newstead said the International Court of Justice in The Hague “lacks prima facie jurisdiction to hear Iran’s claims”.

A day earlier, Iran’s lawyers had said the sanctions were threatening the welfare of its citizens and disrupting tens of billions of dollars’ worth of business deals.

The Islamic Republic’s lead representative in the case, Mohsen Mohebi, branded the sanctions “naked economic aggression”.