US seeks to ‘severely’ damage Iran economy, top UN court hears

Washington has slapped renewed sanctions on Tehran. It said they aimed to curb ISIS’s nuclear ambitions. (AFP)

Renewed sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran aim to damage Tehran’s economy “as severely as possible”, the UN’s top court heard Monday.

“The United States is publicly propagating a policy intending to damage as severely as possible Iran’s economy and Iranian nationals and companies,” Iran’s lawyer Mohsen Mohebi told the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Washington has slapped renewed sanctions on Tehran. It said they aimed to curb ISIS’s nuclear ambitions.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the US will “vigorously defend” itself in the International Court of Justice against Iran’s challenge to the re-imposition of US sanctions.

Iran is set to make opening arguments in The Hague this week against the unilateral sanctions, which were slapped back on three weeks ago following the US withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran.

“We will vigorously defend against Iran's meritless claims this week in The Hague,” Pompeo said.
 

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