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ICJ Orders US to Partially Freeze Planned Sanctions on Iran

THE HAGUE Ė The International Court of Justice ordered the United States on Wednesday to remove several clauses in its planned sanctions package against Iran resulting from President Donald Trumpís decision to abandon an international nuclear deal that had sought to slowly open the Islamic Republicís market up to the international community in exchange for the closure of its nuclear weapons program.

Iran filed a lawsuit against the US at the ICJ, the United Nationís principal judicial organ, in July, just two months after Trumpís administration scrapped its involvement in a landmark 2015 accord signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, the four other permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the European Union.

The court ordered Washington to remove sanctions that would affect Iranís civilian population, namely the ones restricting medicine and medical devices, food products and spare mechanical parts vital for infrastructure, such as spare parts for aviation maintenance.

Tehranís suit was based on a bilateral 1955 friendship and economic treaty.

Trump was hostile towards the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, throughout his presidential campaign and announced he would withdraw US involvement in May.

The White House subsequently said it would slap fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, an initial round lasting until Nov. 4 to be followed by additional punitive measures thereafter.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors Iranís adherence to the JCPOA, has found that Tehran has fully complied with the deal.

The new sanctions prompted a dramatic fall in the value of the Iranian rial and fueled economic uncertainty in the West Asian nation.

 

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