Iran’s VP urges documentation of US breach of ICJ ruling

Tasnim – Iran’s vice president for legal affairs called on all Iranian organizations, entities and individuals to compile a record of the cases of US violation of the International Court of Justice’s recent ruling which orders Washington to lift bans on the free export of medicine to Iran.

Speaking at a conference in Tehran on Sunday, La’ya Joneidi reiterated that the ICJ’s ruling on Iran’s lawsuit against the US for breaching the 1955 Treaty of Amity and re-imposing sanctions is binding.

On Wednesday, the ICJ found that assurances offered by Washington in August that it would do its best to ensure sanctions would not affect humanitarian conditions were “not adequate to address fully the humanitarian and safety concerns raised” by Iran.

In its provisional verdict, 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 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Elsewhere in her comments, Joneidi asked all Iranian government organizations, private sector companies, medical institutions, physicians and patients to compile a documentation of any clue to the US breach of the ICJ’s initial ruling.

She noted that a record of the cases of US breach of the ruling will be helpful ahead of the UN court’s final verdict and will also help Iran claim compensation for the damages caused by the US sanctions on medicine and health sector.

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.