US, Iran clash over sanctions in international court

The United States and Iran will face off at the UN High Court on Monday in the latest round of fighting over sanctions imposed on Tehran by President Donald Trump.

US, Iran clash over sanctions in international court

In The Hague in 2018, after Trump pulled Iran out of a major international nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran dragged Washington to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

He will discuss next week whether the post-World War II tribunal has jurisdiction to deal with disputes between UN member states.

Iran says sanctions imposed by the Trump administration in 1955 for violating the "agreement between the two countries" were signed’ long before the 1979 Iranian revolution severed ties.

Tehran won an initial victory in October 2018 when the ICJ ordered the lifting of sanctions on humanitarian aid as an emergency measure while the overall trial was ongoing.

The United States responded by formally terminating the agreement, when it was agreed that Iran was ruled by a Western-minded Shah, and that Iran was accused of pursuing the IC. Uses Jay for "propaganda" purposes.

The United States will first address the court at 1300 GMT on Monday to determine whether judges have jurisdiction over the case, while Iran will speak on Wednesday.

A decision on this issue can take several months, while a final decision will take years.

- 'Clean hands' -

Relations between Washington and Tehran have been strained’ since the Iranian revolution, and have been strained since Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018.

The agreement limited Iran's nuclear program to Germany, in addition to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Washington has since imposed sanctions on Iran and its affiliates, particularly Iran's key oil sector and central bank, while major global companies have suspended operations in Iran.

Tehran took the matter to the ICJ and, in response to Iran's request for so-called "temporary measures" and when the matter was resolved, judges found two years ago that some sanctions violated the 1955 agreement. Of was

The court ordered Washington to take action on medicine, medical supplies, food, agricultural supplies, and aircraft parts and services.

A separate lawsuit is also pending against ICJ Tehran over its bid to immobilize en 2 billion in frozen assets in the United States.

In February 2019, the court said the case could go ahead, and rejected US arguments that Iran's "dirty hands" - Tehran's alleged support for terrorist groups - should disqualify its case.


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