[Ed. – Iran has nothing on its side but the desire of Europeans to keep U.S. sanctions waived. U.S. officials correctly point out that the Iranian suit has no merit. The International Court of Justice is asking the U.S. to hold off on reinstating sanctions — a political, not judicial move, and one that perfectly clarifies the situation. The Iranians want an ICJ judgment with which to harass American officials and make life hard for expats — i.e., by getting foreign governments to adopt prejudicial attitudes toward Americans because of the judgment. The ICJ doesn’t want to be in the middle of this, but is under pressure from Europeans.]
U.S. officials are fighting against a recently filed lawsuit by Iran in the International Court of Justice, or ICJ, that seeks to block the imposition of harsh new sanctions on Iran by the Trump administration, according to multiple U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
Iranian officials launched a formal complaint with the ICJ, a legal body established by the United Nations to adjudicate disagreements between member nations, against the United States earlier this month, alleging the reimposition of harsh new sanctions on Iran by the Trump administration violates international treaties created as a result of the landmark nuclear agreement.
Iran’s lawsuit is reportedly gaining traction at the ICJ, which sent an official letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this week urging him and the Trump administration to hold off on new sanctions amid an economic collapse in Iran that has ignited popular protests across the country.