News ID: 280324
Published: 0449 GMT February 03, 2021

Iran hails World Court’s ruling against US objections in sanctions case

Iran hails World Court’s ruling against US objections in sanctions case

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif praised an interim ruling by the United Nations’ top court rebuffing Washington’s claim that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction to judge a lawsuit that Tehran has launched against illegal US sanctions.

“The ICJ (International Court of Justice) just dismissed all US preliminary objections in the case brought by Iran over unlawful US sanctions,” Zarif wrote in a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

“Another legal victory for Iran following 3 Oct. '18 Order.

“Iran has always fully respected int'l law. High time for the US to live up to 𝙞𝙩𝙨 int'l obligations,” Zarif added.

Judges at the highest UN court for disputes between states on Wednesday ruled that they can hear a case filed by Iran against the United States seeking to have sanctions against Tehran lifted.

A majority of a panel of 16 judges found that the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, has jurisdiction in the dispute, Reuters reported.

Iran brought the case in 2018 after former president Donald Trump's administration imposed sanctions, following his decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran accepted curbs to its peaceful nuclear program.

New US President Joe Biden has said he wants to return to that pact, although Tehran and Washington still disagree on steps to be taken for that to happen.

"The court unanimously rejects the preliminary objections to its jurisdiction raised by the Unites States of America according to which the subject matter of the dispute does not relate to the interpretation or application of the Treaty of Amity," presiding judge Abdulqawi Yusuf said.

Other US objections to the case were also dismissed, meaning Iran's claim will now move on to a hearing on the merits. A final decision would be likely to take several more years.ngton’s claim that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction to judge a lawsuit that Tehran has launched against illegal US sanctions.

“The ICJ (International Court of Justice) just dismissed all US preliminary objections in the case brought by Iran over unlawful US sanctions,” Zarif wrote in a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

“Another legal victory for Iran following 3 Oct. '18 Order.

“Iran has always fully respected int'l law. High time for the US to live up to 𝙞𝙩𝙨 int'l obligations,” Zarif added.

Judges at the highest UN court for disputes between states on Wednesday ruled that they can hear a case filed by Iran against the United States seeking to have sanctions against Tehran lifted.

A majority of a panel of 16 judges found that the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, has jurisdiction in the dispute, Reuters reported.

Iran brought the case in 2018 after former president Donald Trump's administration imposed sanctions, following his decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran accepted curbs to its peaceful nuclear program.

New US President Joe Biden has said he wants to return to that pact, although Tehran and Washington still disagree on steps to be taken for that to happen.

"The court unanimously rejects the preliminary objections to its jurisdiction raised by the Unites States of America according to which the subject matter of the dispute does not relate to the interpretation or application of the Treaty of Amity," presiding Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf said.

Other US objections to the case were also dismissed, meaning Iran's claim will now move on to a hearing on the merits. A final decision would be likely to take several more years.

   
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