News ID: 280326
Published: 0952 GMT February 04, 2021

ICJ ruling against US indicates Iran power: President Rouhani

ICJ ruling against US indicates Iran power: President Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that the World Court’s ruling y against United States preliminary objection in the case brought up by Iran has indicated great power of the Iranian people.

Enemies in vain were to draw dark days for Iran to prevent the country from breathing, the president said at an inauguration ceremony on five industrial projects in Zanjan Province, northwest of Tehran, IRNA reported.

President Rouhani congratulated Iranians on gaining a big victory over the US at The International Court of Justice in Hague.

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. Tehran’s case has been registered at the ICJ based on the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights signed between the two countries in 1955.

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 a 2015 pact under which Iran accepted curbs to its peaceful nuclear program.

"The Court: Rejects the preliminary objection to its jurisdiction raised by the United 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, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights of 1955," said an ICJ press release.

On Wednesday, Iranian embassy in The Hague in a Twitter message said: "Today, the ICJ strongly rejected the U.S. preliminary objections and reaffirmed its jurisdiction to hear the case brought by Iran against the U.S. on violations of the 1955 Treaty."

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also reacted to the World Court’s ruling by sending a tweeted message on Wednesday saying, “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.”

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saeed Khatibzadeh said based on the evidence and legal defenses presented to the Court by the Legal Team of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the participation of the Center for International Legal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other lawyers and advisors, the Court rejected preliminary US objections and considered itself competent to investigate the lawsuit filed against the US government and thus the case would enter into substantive proceedings.

The second legal success was achieved in the proceedings of this case, which relates to the re-imposition and escalation of inhumane US sanctions against Iranians since May 8, 2018, with the issuance of this decision, he noted.

Resource: IRNA
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