FNA – Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s decision on Iran-US dispute is binding for Washington and must be obeyed.
“The ICJ has issued a decree requiring the US to avoid posing obstacles to the supply of medicine, food, medical equipment, foodstuff, air services and banking operations,” Joneidi said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Saturday.
“The ICJ’s ruling is binding now,” she underlined.
In its lawsuit against the US, the Islamic Republic of Iran argued that the sanctions violate the terms of the 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the US. It also called on the court to order the US government to immediately stop its destructive measures.
The UN’s top tribunal unanimously ruled in its Wednesday verdict that the US must ensure that the re-instated sanctions are not impacting humanitarian aids or civil aviation safety.
Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf read the final say of the court which obliged the US to “remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities” as well as airplane parts.
The court further said that sanctions on goods “required for humanitarian needs… may have a serious detrimental impact on the health and lives of individuals on the territory of Iran.”
In August, Washington announced the re-imposition of the first set of unilateral sanctions against Iran, introducing restrictive measures on trade with Tehran and potentially foreign companies doing business with the Islamic Republic, which prompted a massive pullout of investors from the Iranian market.
In November, the US is set to introduce the second phase, sanctioning Iranian oil and gas as Trump follows through on his promise to put maximum pressure on the country after the US’ withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.