1038 GMT June 17, 2019
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that the US side in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) tried to divert attention from the main issue by giving irrelevant justifications.
In an interview with IRNA, the Iranian official noted that the US has previously failed to comply with the rulings of ICJ in other cases. However, he said that Iran decided to file a complaint against the US.
Last month, Iran filed a complaint with the Hague-based tribunal, asking the principal judicial organ of the United Nations to order the US to lift its recently reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Tehran has called on the ICJ to order the immediate lifting of the sanctions, and demanded compensation for damages incurred in their wake.
Iran believes that the reimposed American sanctions against Iran violate the terms of a 1955 friendship treaty between the two countries.
The US reimposition of sanctions against Iran came after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and set forth 12 new demands in order for the US to agree to a new nuclear deal with Tehran.
America’s European allies have protested against the move, but they are likely to adhere to the sanctions under US pressure.