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AFP
September 17, 2020

US sanctions ‘ruining lives’, Iran tells UN court

World

AFP
September 17, 2020

THE HAGUE: 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 videolink that the sanctions were a "clear breach" of a 1955 "Treaty of Amity" between Iran and the United States. "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 system. "All that matters now for the US administration is whether its measures are succeeding in destroying the Iranian economy and ruining the lives of millions of Iranians," Oloumiyazdi added.

The US urged the ICJ to reject the case on Monday, saying the sanctions have nothing to do with the friendship treaty, which predated the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and subsequent severing of ties between the two countries.