Health minister: Iran to seriously pursue US violation of ICJ ruling in medical areas

FNA – Iranian Health Minister Seyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi announced on Monday that the ministry has set up a special workgroup to file lawsuits against the US in cases related to the violation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in area of medicine and medical equipment.

“A workgroup has been set up to pursue the cases of those people who have faced problems by the US sanctions on medications,” Qazizadeh Hashemi said, addressing a meeting in the presence of Iranian Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri in Tehran on Monday.

“The cases will be pursued seriously and rapidly at international circles and through the foreign ministry,” he added.

His remarks came after Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi called on the health ministry and other governmental bodies to provide the International Court of Justice with cases of the US violation of the ICJ’s decision on Tehran-Washington dispute.

“Legal experts and directors of the state and private sectors, specially in the heath ministry, and all people who witness violation of the ICJ’s ruling are needed to present their proofs on the violation cases to be raised at the main sessions of the court on Iran-US dispute,” Joneydi said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Sunday.

She also said that the ICJ’s decision on Iran-US dispute is binding for Washington and must be obeyed.

Also, on Saturday, Juneydi had said that “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”.

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.