In a victory for Tehran against Washington, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the United States to halt the unilateral sanctions it recently re-imposed on “humanitarian” supplies to Iran. The Hague-based court, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, announced its ruling on Wednesday regarding the July lawsuit brought by Tehran against Washington’s decision to re-impose unilateral sanctions following the US exit from the the 2015 nuclear deal.
An analyst says the US’s allegation of Iran fomenting violence in the Iraqi city of Basra is merely a “desperate” attempt to “drum up animosity” towards the country after Washington lost the “united front” of its allies against the Islamic Republic by scrapping the 2015 nuclear agreement. E. Michael Jones, editor of the Culture Wars online magazine said: “The US is obviously isolated. They are losing their credibility around the world, it’s like the boy who cries wolf too many times.”
President Hassan Rouhani said: “America wants to cause chaos and unrest in our country so that it can return to this country, but these are unreal fantasies and they will never achieve their goals. But our people will resist and the government is ready to confront America. We will overcome this situation (sanctions) and America will regret choosing the wrong path.”
“The United Nations’ members should not turn a blind eye to these threats and must take firms actions to eliminate all Israeli nuclear weapons,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou as saying in letters to the U.N. secretary general and the security council.
The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and major powers is “doomed” to seriously affect peace and security in the Middle East, Iran’s atomic chief said on Monday. “The international community’s opposition to the U.S. withdrawal … does not nearly reflect the deep anger at the American unilateralism but also the concerns about the extremely difficult situation in our immediate region with all its pervasive chaos and the existing menace of terrorism,” Salehi said in his speech to the IAEA General Conference.
Mohammed Javad Zarif told Germany’s Der Spiegel news magazine that Iran could “reduce its implementation” of the agreement and possibly increase uranium enrichment activities if the nuclear agreement was jeopardised by “the actions of the Americans and the passivity of the Europeans.”
“The Europeans and other signatories must act to offset the consequences of the U.S. sanctions,” Zarif told the magazine, calling a package of measures drafted by Europe an important step that should now be implemented. What is paramount: Europe should do so not for Iran, but for its own sovereign and long-term economic interests.”
“I always visit caskets of unknown soldiers wondering if one of them could be my father who never came back home,” said Zahra Bagheri, 42, a mother of two. “I was only 8 years old then. I hope someday I can point to one of the caskets and tell my children ‘he is your grandpa!’”
Abbas Mozaffari, 23, a student at Tehran Azad University, said he attend the ceremony to “show that Iranians remember their heroes. Like them, we will sacrifice ourselves for our nation if an enemy tries to put his foot on our soil.”
Iran has revealed its first domestic fighter jet, “Kowsar,” at a defense show. President Hassan Rouhani has apparently been checking the readiness of the aircraft himself, as he was spotted sitting in the cockpit. “Why does the United States not attack us? Because of our power, because it knows the consequences,” the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said.
The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television. “From one side they try to pressure the people of Iran, on another side they send us messages every day through various methods that we should come and negotiate together,” Rouhani said.