Iran Appeals to World Criminal Court Over U.S. Reinstating Sanctions

Published July 18th, 2018 - 01:00 GMT
International Court of Justice. (AFP/ File Photo)
International Court of Justice. (AFP/ File Photo)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the United States move to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

"Today Iran filed a complaint with ICJ to hold US accountable for its unlawful re-imposition of unilateral sanctions," Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Monday. 

"Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations," the tweet read.

No comment was made Monday by ICJ on the Iranian complaint.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the European signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran must provide Tehran with necessary guarantees about the continued implementation of the deal. 

“Of course the European sides are obligated to provide necessary guarantees with regard to the JCPOA, but the country’s economy must not be tied to this issue,” Khamenei emphasized.

Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said that America wanted to exert "unprecedented financial pressure" on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in May. 

Tehran fears that sanctions might lead to increased popular rage concerning the economic condition deterioration – the US withdrawal contributed to the aggravation of the economic crisis in Iran and the rise of gold and American dollar price against the Iranian currency.

On Sunday, Khamenei summoned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his government team and demanded the provision of an economic road-map to face US sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi has asserted that “media claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver Iran’s message to the US is not true.”

Answering a question on whether Russia has been selected as the host country of Iran-Israel talks, Ghasemi said, “I think anyone who knows foreign policy and understands the principles and stances of Iran’s foreign policy will realize that these claims are not true.”

Ghasemi hinted on Trump, "at a certain point they're going to call me and say let's make a deal.”

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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