The International Court of Justice at the United Nations has issued an “order” Tuesday demanding that the United States lift sanctions against Iran re-imposed after the Trump administration decided to pull out of a nuclear proliferation treaty inked with Iran during the Obama years.
Iran apparently requested that the ICJ force the United States to rescind measures banning the sale and transport of certain “humanitarian goods” to the region, including medical supplies, emergency food, and mechanical and airplane parts.
The Hauge, agreeing with the Iranians, issued the “blow” to the Trump White House Tuesday.
“The court finds unanimously that … the United States of America … shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on 8 May to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities” chief judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said, according to the Times of India.
Yusuf added that if the United States does not lift the ban on airplane parts, there is a “potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users.”
Why else would Iran need mechanical items?
The ICJ based its ruling on a 1955 agreement between Iran and the United States to provide certain necessary items as part of an international aid deal. Neither country recognizes the Eisenhower-era treaty; the two countries dropped diplomatic ties in the Carter administration, when Iran took a number of American diplomats hostage.
The Trump administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran after pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal in May, citing evidence that Iran continued to pursue its nuclear ambitions while the two countries were bound by the treaty. The Trump administration is set to level a second set of sanctions against Iran in November unless Iran can prove that it has abandoned its nuclear plans.
The ICJ doesn’t have a mechanism in place to enforce its decisions on member nations who don’t subscribe to their charter. President Donald Trump reiterated that the U.S. does not recognize the ICJ’s authority in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in August.