Oct 27, 2018, 12:41 PM
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Russia says US unilateral sanctions violate int’l laws

Moscow, Oct 27, IRNA – Unilateral sanctions US has been imposing on other countries are against the international regulations, director of Russian institute for strategic studies said here on Saturday.

Iran’s complaint against US in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is based on the international laws, Vladimir Zakharov told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

In response to Iran’s measure to file a suit in the ICJ against the US re-imposition of unilateral sanctions as Washington withdrew unilaterally from the Iran Deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8, the Court held a hearing in late August on Iran’s lawsuit saying Washington should halt unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

About US anti-Iran measures, Zakharov said that Washington has illegally blocked two billion dollars of Central Bank of Iran’s (CBI) assets and baselessly claimed that Iran has participated in terrorist activities, while US has presented no document to prove its allegations.

Meanwhile, the US overlooks pro-terrorist activities being done blatantly by its regional allies including Saudi Arabia, the Russian official added.

He went on to say that US supports most of the terrorist activities in Syria, which has been suffering from unrest since March 2011.

About CBI assets in the US, Zakharov said that if the issue is reviewed impartially, the verdict will be in Iran’s favor.

According to the 1955 Treaty, the United States is not allowed to sanction Iran, he said, adding Washington’s sanctions will be in breach of UN Charter.

The 1955 Treaty of Amity says that US is committed to have fair behavior towards Iranian nationals and not to put obstacles on financial relations.

US sanction policy has put Washingto into international isolation, Zakharov said.

After Washington's May exit from the Iran Deal, the US gave 90-to-180-day wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing sanctions on Tehran on November 4. The US move drew criticism of the world leaders, particularly the Europeans.

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