Wednesday, September 16, 2020

US sanctions 'ruining lives', Iran tells United Nations court

The International Court of Justice

Iran urged the UN's top court on Wednesday to hear its bid to overturn US nuclear sanctions, saying they were destroying the Iranian economy and "ruining millions of lives".
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is hearing arguments this week from Tehran and Washington before deciding whether it has jurisdiction to deal with the case.

Iran dragged the United States to the ICJ in 2018 when President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a landmark deal limiting Iran's nuclear programme and reimposed sanctions.

Tehran's representative Hamidreza Oloumiyazdi told the court by video link the sanctions were a "clear breach" of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the US.

"The US measures and the underlying policy of 'maximum pressure' disregard the very foundation of international law," Oloumiyazdi said.

He said the sanctions were causing "hardship and suffering", including a record drop in Iran's trade, a near-doubling of food prices, and "severe" effects on the health

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