ICJ Directs US To Lift Some Sanctions Imposed On Iran

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| October 3 , 2018 , 17:22 IST

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday issued an interim directing the United States to lift sanctions linked to humanitarian goods and civil aviation imposed against Iran.

The top UN Tribunal in it’s ruling said, “On humanitarian grounds, the US must remove by means of its choosing any impediment to the free exportation to Iran of goods involving humanitarian concerns.”

The judge also said, “The sanctions may not hurt "exportation to the territory of Iran of goods required for humanitarian needs such as medicines, medical devices and foodstuffs and agricultural commodities as well as goods and services required for the safety of civil aviation,"

According to local media reports, Iran’s foreign ministry in a statement said, "The decision proved once again that the Islamic Republic is right and the U.S. sanctions against people and citizens of our country are illegal and cruel/."

Tehran had argued that sanctions imposed since May by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump violate the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.

The 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the United States says in para 2 of its Article 21 that "Any dispute between the two parties about the interpretation or implementation of this treaty which cannot be settled through diplomatic means, would be referred to the International Court of Justice, unless both parties agree to settle it though other amicable means."