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US must remove restrictions on export humanitarian goods to Iran: UN Court

Istanbul, Oct 3 (IENews) The interim ruling of United Nations’ highest court on Wednesday ruled the United States to remove restrictions on export of humanitarian goods and services to Iran.

The ruling by the International Court of Justice comes as the US has sought to pressure Iran over militant proxies and its ballistic missile programme, the Washington Post reported.

Recently, the Trump administration had withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal signed with Iran. Next month, new US restrictions will target oil sales, Iran’s energy and shipping sectors, and foreign financial institutions transacting with Iran’s Central Bank.

“Wednesday’s verdict is binding, but the court, located in The Hague, lacks the power to enforce its decisions. Iran had argued that sanctions announced in May violated the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the United States and Iran”, the news paper said.

On Wednesday, the ICJ President Abdulqawi Yusuf said that the court’s order applies to medicines and medical devices; foodstuffs and agricultural commodities; and spare parts, equipment and repair services for civil aviation. The United States must also ensure that licenses and authorizations are granted and that payment for such goods and services are not subject to any restrictions.

The sanctions also come as Iran’s currency, the rial, has lost some two-thirds of its value in the last six month

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