Iran Kicks, Petitions ICC Over US Sanctions

Hannah Rogers
July 19, 2018

"Everyone agrees that this [US sanctions - Ed.] is an absolutely illegal and unacceptable policy, but, of course, this can hardly be changed and there will be enough struggle in trade, economic and political spheres", the minister said.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that European signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran must provide Tehran with necessary guarantees about the continued implementation of the deal.

In a Twitter post on Saturday on the occasion of the third anniversary of the conclusion of the JCPOA, Zarif also said that the historic nuclear agreement was still a "triumph of multilateral diplomacy" even after the U.S. pullout from the agreement.

The documents shown to the American papers dealt with a nuclear warhead for Iran's Shihab-3 long-range ballistic missile and described plans to built five nuclear bombs in the initial stages of the Amad Project. USA sanctions will snap back in two parts, with a first round returning in August, and with the harshest sanctions returning in early November.

Countries and businesses that continue to import Iranian oil could avoid penalties by making "significant reductions" as Washington re-imposes sanctions on Tehran later this year, according to top US officials.

Earlier in the day, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced that European countries have activated a blocking statute that prohibits companies from complying with U.S. sanctions on Iran. US sanctions against Iran are likely to be raised in his talks on the sidelines of the event.

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Washington will not budge on its decision to impose fresh sanctions on corporations operating in Iran, despite a European request for exemption, the Financial Times reported Monday.

Iran has sued the United States at the International Court of Justice in a new strategy to nullify the nuclear sanctions reimposed by President Donald Trump, which are starting to inflict pain on Iran's already weak economy. The top United States diplomat said at the time that the United States wanted Iran to abandon its nuclear program, pull out of the Syrian war, and cut ties to terrorism.

"We have just received the answer, and it's negative", he said. That's something that Treasury and State will be doing.

In comments in July 2017, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on Iran's Judiciary to legally pursue global issues and declare its stances on various subjects, such as sanctions or the USA freeze on Iran's assets.

Analysts say European firms which have rushed to invest in Iran after the lifting of sanctions over the past three years have the most to lose from the renewed sanctions.

Washington's refusal came as Trump called Europe a foe in trade and renewed accusations that the European Union was taking advantage of the United States.

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