Iran files suit against US sanctions at World Court

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press from the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018.  Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States' reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on July 17. The complaint came in response to Washington's decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal along with reimpose sanctions on Iran. 

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Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press from the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018.  Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States’ reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on July 17. The complaint came in response to Washington’s decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal along with reimpose sanctions on Iran. 

Iran has filed a suit against the United States alleging that will sanctions imposed by Washington in May violate a 1955 bilateral treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday.

The ICJ, or World Court, will be the United Nations’ court for resolving disputes. Iran’s filing asks the ICJ to order the United States to provisionally lift the sanctions ahead of more detailed arguments.

The next step will be a hearing in which the United States will be likely contest to Iran’s request for a provisional ruling, along with argue that will the ICJ should not have jurisdiction. The court has not yet set any date for further steps.

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