News ID: 14699
Published: 0720 GMT October 31, 2014

Sanctions could be lifted

Sanctions could be lifted

Sanctions seem to be the most monumental challenge confronting Iran and the P5+1 as the November-24 deadline for a comprehensive deal looms. In Iran, people are worried that further sanctions will be imposed in the wake of a collapse in the talks and radicals say the government of President Hassan Rouhani will be the loser if sanctions remain in place after a nuclear agreement. Yousef Molaei, an expert on international law, believes lifting of sanctions is negotiable.

 

How do you think anti-Iran sanctions will be lifted?

MOLAEI: There's no law on sanctions in the international arena based on which we can discuss the issue and imposing or lifting sanctions are decided by those states involved.

 

But these sanctions, as the Western countries say, have been imposed and implemented in accordance with their national laws. What's your opinion?

Yes, but their national laws have nothing to do with international law. The issue of lifting anti-Iran sanctions is negotiable. They can be removed at once after a deal or as the West say can be categorized and lifted over a period of time. That's something both sides should agree upon.

 

What should be done if the West refuses to lift parts of sanctions after an agreement?

If the West agrees to lift the sanctions it is legally bound to do that and if it fails to do so, the issue can be pursued though international legal channels.

 

To what extent can the West, especially the US, extend the sanctions?

The US government has the power to impose or lift sanctions on any country as Iran has the power to do so. Therefore, a political solution, and not a legal one, should be sought in order to break the deadlock. The only way is that the US backs off from its stance and agrees to remove the sanctions.

   
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