The fall-out of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) has led to Iran suing the U.S. before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Note that I have previously reported that Iran had already begun proceedings before the ICJ.
For an overview of the pending case, go here. Iran claims that the U.S.’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA and the re-imposition of U.S. unilateral sanctions violates the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (1955) between Iran and the USA. Iran has sought the ICJ for provisional measures to stop further damage while it awaits a verdict on it’s main claim. The U.S. has denounced Iran’s claim as being “meritless.”
It is far from clear whether Iran claim before the ICJ will bear fruit. For that matter it’s highly questionable whether the proceedings will alter anything on the ground. It wouldn’t alter President Trump’s decision not to reimpose U.S. sanctions, and it wouldn’t help to limit the damage to Iran’s economy – which one could argue was already trouble before the U.S.’ withdrawal from the JCPOA.
To be continued.