United Nations court sides with Iran and orders USA to lift some sanctions

United Nations court sides with Iran and orders USA to lift some sanctions

United Nations court sides with Iran and orders USA to lift some sanctions

The United Nation's top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on "humanitarian" goods to Iran that President Donald Trump reimposed after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, The Daily Start reported.

The United States is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Pompeo said terminating the Treaty of Amity is "39 years overdue".

The US' response? We will just pull out of the agreement which the Court's ruling was based on.

By limiting the order to sanctions covering humanitarian goods and the civil aviation industry, the ruling did not go as far as Iran had requested.

However, although ICJ rulings are binding, the court has no power to enforce them. Iran challenged the sanctions in a case filed in July at the International Court of Justice.

Iran took the U.S. to the ICJ twice; first in 1988 over the downing of Iran Air flight 655 and the killing of all 290 people on board and in 1992 in relations to United States attacks on Iranian oil rigs in 1987 and 1988.

On another development, Pompeo said that the U.S. administration was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited Washington in an global court ruling against America's sanctions policy, according to AFP.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that the EU's proposed mechanism to pay Tehran the revenues from oil sales was not "an oil for food program".

Foundation for Defense Democracies senior adviser Richard Goldberg told USA Today, "U.S. sanctions already have a humanitarian exemption for food, medicine and agriculture commodities - an exemption mullahs often use to make money on the black market while denying the Iranian people access to humanitarian goods".

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The US has said previously that the sanctions are a matter of national security and therefore the court the does not have jurisdiction to rule on the policy.

Pompeo said Iran has been ignoring the treaty for "an awfully long time", and Washington "ought to have pulled out of it decades ago".

Pompeo said Iran was misusing the court for political purposes and that the United States was actively ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches the country, without regard to the court ruling.

The friendship treaty, signed in 1955 between the Shah of Iran and the Eisenhower administration, regulates commerce and diplomacy between the two countries.

The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, said it was "a meritless case over which the court has no jurisdiction".

Bolton also told a White House briefing that Washington will review all worldwide agreements that "may still expose the United States to purported binding jurisdiction, dispute resolution" in the ICJ.

But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected the decision.

"The United States will not sit idly by as baseless politicized claims are brought against us", Bolton said.

But Trump argues that funds from the lifting of sanctions under the pact have been used to support terrorism and build nuclear-capable missiles.

During four days of hearings in late August, Iran's lawyers accused Washington of "strangling" its economy and its representative called the punitive measures "naked economic aggression".

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