Iran Takes US to World Court
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday July 19, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
It's pure Chutzpah - there is no other word for it.
Iran is taking the United States to the World Court, officially known as the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Iran is suing the United States over the new sanctions being imposed on them. Their filing asserts that the US is in violation of a 1955 bilateral trade treaty between the two nations.
Sanctions or disrupting the free trade between the two countries is a breach of that treaty.
Iran is actually asking for a provisional ruling so as to lift the sanctions in the meantime and to then set a court date for complete arguments to be heard.
The United States will argue that the World Court does not have jurisdiction.
In fact, the World Court both does and does not have jurisdiction.
They are the go to address for countries when there is a treaty violation. But the 1955 treaty was with a different Iran and the sanctions the United States is instituting are part of a foreign policy of a sovereign nation - and that does not fall within the jurisdiction of the World Court.
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