US arrogant nature behind intolerance of ICJ ruling: Iranian envoy

Tasnim – Iran’s ambassador to Britain slammed the US withdrawal from a 63-year-old friendship treaty with Iran following a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favor of the Islamic Republic and said the move proved Washington’s arrogant nature.

The US could not tolerate the ICJ verdict because of its arrogant nature, Hamid Baeedinejad said in a post on social media on Thursday.

“When the US saw that Iran managed to use the treaty (the 1955 Treaty of Amity) to protect its rights and even gained the support of the International Court of Justice in condemning its cruel actions, it announced its withdrawal from the treaty in panic,” he noted.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the US is withdrawing from the Treaty of Amity with Iran after Tehran successfully made an international complaint that Washington had violated that accord.

“We’re disappointed that the court failed to recognize that it has no jurisdiction to issue any order relating to these sanctions measures with the United States, which is doing its work on Iran to protect its own essential security risks — risk — interests,” Pompeo said.

Judges at the ICJ, the highest United Nations court, ruled in favor of Iran in a lawsuit against the US for breaching the 1955 Treaty of Amity by re-imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In a provisional verdict on Wednesday, the ICJ ruled that the US government should lift all bans on the free export of humanitarian goods like food and medicine to Iran which have been re-imposed after Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA.

The ICJ, which is based in The Hague and is also known as the World Court, is the United Nations tribunal for resolving international disputes. Iran’s filing asks the ICJ to order the United States to provisionally lift its sanctions ahead of more detailed arguments.