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ICJ sets time for hearing Iran complaint against US

Politics - The International Court of Justice (ICJ), having seat in the Hague, set a time on Tuesday to investigate Iran's complaint against US and deal with the issue.

In line with the World Court measure, President of the ICJ Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has sent an official letter based on Article 74, paragraph 4 of the Court Rules, to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to avoid taking any new measure and not to change the conditions.

Iran has filed a suit in the ICJ against the US re-imposition of unilateral sanctions as Washington withdrew unilaterally from the Iran Deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8.

Head of Iran's Presidential Center for International Legal Affairs Mohsen Mohebbi has commented on the issue, saying the ICJ president due to immediacy and importance of the issue sent a letter to Pompeo.

As Mohebbi said, the ICJ letter urges the US officials to deal with the issue of re-imposition of anti-Iran sanctions so as the future decisions of the ICJ to be taken on August 27 not to be ineffective.

Experts believe that the ICJ letter is like a temporary order that bars any illegal action on financial cases. And the letter shows how ICJ attaches importance to Iran's lawsuit.

As Mohebbi said, the ICJ president in his letter has urged the US not to spoil the impact of the Court's future decisions.

Iran through its complaint voiced that Washington's measure to re-impose sanctions against Tehran is against the US international commitments based on a 1955 treaty between Iran and the US which entered into force in 1957, Mohebbi added.

According to the 1955 treaty, US had committed to have fair behavior towards Iranian nationals and not put obstacles on financial relations, Mohebbi noted.

In its complaint, Tehran had asked ICJ to hear the case in a session and before that to forbid the US from re-imposing unilateral sanctions which will have negative impacts on health, treatment, medicine and aviation security in Iran.

Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court draws “the attention of both Parties to the need to act in such a way as to enable any Order the Court will make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects.”


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