JCPOA, a legal success for Iran: Iranian MP

TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) – Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament, said that Iran has been legally successful in confronting US.

The President of International Court of Justice sent a letter to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on last Tuesday informing the US government about the schedule of court sessions on Iran’s complaint against US unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA and calling on US to avoid taking any further actions regarding anti-Iran sanctions.

Following the ICJ letter to Pompeo, MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament, described the JCPOA as a legal success for the Islamic Republic of Iran. He made the remark on Thursday.

This letter shows that the ICJ considers the issue within its jurisdiction, commented Mr. Falahatpisheh saying that legally it proves that Iran can pursue this case and US sanctions through the channel of international law.

“The majority of international cases settled in the ICJ are the disputes between Iran and US,” he maintained.

“Now that the court is working on this case it is totally aware of former cases and the whole history of Iran-US legal disputes,” he added.

“The political aspects of the JCPOA are stronger, however, the fact is that Iran did not fell in the power trap and made an effective legal move with signing the JCPOA,” the Iranian legislator articulated.

He concluded that ICJ settlement of the current case can be beneficial internationally preventing future cases of US violation of international law against other countries.

Iran signed an international treaty with five permanent member states of the UNSC plus Germany and the EU on July 14, 2015, to stop developing its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for removal of sanctions. Since then, the International Atomic Energy Organization has repeatedly approved Iran’s abidance by the agreement but American President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled US out of the agreement in early May 2018. Afterwards, the other signatory states of the deal plus EU voiced support for Iran and reassured that they will continue complying with the agreement after US exit. Even countries which are not signatories of the agreement, like India and Turkey, have strongly opposed US unilateral sanctions against Iran and reassured that they will continue doing trade with Iran despite all US pressures.

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