United Nations’ Court Orders The Trump Administration to Lift Iranian Sanctions

The treaty established economic relations and consular rights between the U.S. and Iran

"We're disappointed that the court failed to recognize that it has no jurisdiction to issue any order relating to these sanctions measures with the United States", Pompeo said.

The court told the United States it should lift a number of sanctions that were reimposed after President Trump announced in May that he would withdraw from the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the USA is withdrawing from a 1955 treaty with Iran, just hours after the UN's highest court ordered Washington to ease sanctions against Tehran.

The ruling earlier in the day by the Hague-based court had stated USA assurances that the sanctions would not negatively impact humanitarian aid and aviation safety "were not adequate".

It served as the basis for Iran's legal challenge at the ICJ, which found in favor of Iran regarding USA sanctions that impact food, medicine and spare airplane parts.

Despite global criticism, Washington is pushing ahead with the measures.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague will hand down its decision at 0800 GMT in a case which threatens to plunge relations between Washington and Tehran to a new low.

The secretary of state said that Iran's claims under the treaty were "absurd", citing Iran's "history of terrorism, ballistic-missile activity, and other malign behaviors", and accused Tehran of "abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes".

The Trump administration walked back its commitment to two global agreements Wednesday, withdrawing from a 63-year-old friendship treaty with Iran and limiting its exposure to decisions by the worldwide Court of Justice.

US State Department Legal Adviser Jennifer Newstead argued during oral hearings last month that the 1955 treaty specifically rules out using courts to resolve disputes.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had hailed the ICJ ruling as a victory for Tehran in a tweet, where he described it as "another failure for sanctions-addicted [U.S. government] and victory for rule of law".

The US president says he hated the deal as it did not address Iran's alleged wider meddling in the Middle East.

The ICJ rules on disputes between United Nations member states.

The court's ruling leaves intact USA sanctions that cover a range of Iranian economic activity, from exports of carpets and food to financial transactions and trade in metals. Bolton told reporters at the White House that the provision violates USA sovereignty.

The lawsuit followed Trump's decision in May this year to quit the nuclear deal and restore sanctions on Iran.

Asked about Trump's offer to hold a summit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Zarif did not rule out the possibility.

Trump has previously shown his disdain for overarching global organisations that limit U.S. sovereignty, including the UN. But both nations have in the past ignored the court's rulings. He recently heavily criticized the separate International Criminal Court in The Hague over a probe into alleged USA abuses in Afghanistan.

Washington is due to impose a new series of sanctions on Tehran in early November.

Relations have plunged to a new low since Trump's election in 2016, even as the United States president reaches out to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over his nuclear programme.

"Those are dollars the Iranian leadership is squandering", he said.

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