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UN court's order on Iran sanctions binding: Foreign Ministry

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 3, IRNA -- The United Nations' top court's order on Iran sanctions is binding for the US and the country should obey it, Iran's Foreign Ministry said.

The US should avoid making obstacles in the way of Iran's financial transactions, according to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s decree, the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Wednesday.

According to the ICJ's order, other countries are not forced to follow the anti-Iranian sanctions imposed by the US, he added.

The spokesman noted that the UN court's order is a success for Iran.

The United Nations' top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on 'humanitarian' goods to Iran that US President Donald Trump re-imposed after pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, dispatches reports said.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ruled that Washington 'shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities' as well as airplane parts, said judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.

The court said sanctions on goods 'required for humanitarian needs... may have a serious detrimental impact on the health and lives of individuals on the territory of Iran'.

US sanctions on aircraft spare parts also had the 'potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users'.

Trump slapped a first round of sanctions on Iran in August. A second round of punitive measures is due in November.

The ICJ rules on disputes between the United Nations member-states. Its decisions are binding.

Tehran dragged Washington to the ICJ in July, seeking an emergency suspension of the economic sanctions on the grounds that they breached a 1955 'friendship treaty' with the US.


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