ICJ ordered US to suspend ‘humanitarian’ Iran sanctions

On Wednesday, October 3, The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the United States to suspend the sanctions from humanitarian goods and civil aviation industry for Iran.

The decision of International Court of Justice came in the case filed by Iran against United States on July 16, 2018, in which Iran alleged US of violation of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights.

ICJ in The Hague ruled that US sanctions on some sectors or goods violated the 1955 treaty between the two countries.

The verdict of International Court of Justice said, “The Court is of the view that a prejudice can be considered as irreparable when the persons concerned are exposed to danger of health and life”.

It said, “In its opinion, the measures adopted by the United States have potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users to the extent that they prevent Iranian airlines from acquiring spare parts and other necessary equipments, as well as from accessing associated services necessary for civil aircrafts”.

Full verdict of ICJ on Iran sanctions

The Court’s verdict said that US sanctions restricts the import of some humanitarian goods that may have a serious impact on the life of people of Iran.

The ICJ verdict said, “The court further considers that restrictions on the import and purchase of goods required for humanitarian needs, such as foodstuffs and medicines, including lifesaving medicines, treatment for chronic disease or preventive care, and medical equipments, may have a serious detrimental impact on the health and lives of individuals”.

US president Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear accord on May 8, 2018 and imposed economic sanctions on Iran citing the violation of JCPOA by Iran. The first phase of US sanctions came into effect from August 6, 2018 and the second phase sanctions will be in full implementation from November 4, 2018.

US has pledged to bring down the Iranian oil export to zero after November 4 and has threatened that the firms and countries that will continue to trade with Iran after November 4 will be sanctioned by US and will not be able to access the US financial systems and banks.

Iran cited US sanctions as “psychological warfare more than real economic warfare” .

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