US Seeks To "Severely" Damage Iran Economy, Top UN Court Hears

US special representative for Iran Brian Hook said the EU aid package would allow Tehran to

Worldwide companies including French oil firm Total and Germany's Siemens have suspended operations in Iran since Trump announced the United States withdrawal in May.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May and is reimposing sanctions on Tehran.

It said they aimed to curb ISIS's nuclear ambitions.

"The proceedings instituted by Iran are a misuse of the Court", he said later on Monday.

Japan continues to import Iranian crude oil and is reportedly talking to Washington about avoiding adverse impacts...

In May, Trump announced that the USA would abandon the deal.

The harshest penalties, targeting critical sectors such as the oil and shipping industries, are expected in early November.

Iran last month lodged a complaint with the Hague-based tribunal, arguing that the sanctions violate the terms of a 1955 friendship treaty between the two countries.

The ICJ issued binding orders, though it has no authority to actually enforce them.

That deal, signed shortly after the United States and Britain orchestrated a coup to topple the Iranian government in 1953, encourages good relations between the two countries and emphasizes economic cooperation. The freefall of rial's value against foreign currencies has not affected most of these Iranians, who are payed in dollars, euros, or pounds.

Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran
The reunited family members are only allowed to spend 11 hours together over three days before being separated once again. Before this week's reunions, almost 20,000 people had participated in 20 rounds of face-to-face reunions since 2000.

Iran's lawyers said the United States sanctions had disrupted tens of billions of dollars' worth of business deals with foreign companies.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo described Iran's filing with the ICJ as "an attempt to interfere with the sovereign rights of the US".

European companies including France's Total, Peugeot and Renault, and Germany's Siemens and Daimler, have suspended operations in Iran after the USA withdrew from the nuclear deal.

Many Iranians living overseas take one of these three routes to travel between Tehran, Europe, and the United States.

At hearings starting Monday, Tehran is asking judges at the world court to suspend sanctions to protect Iranian interests while the case is being heard - a process which can take years.

"Certainly, if the court thinks that there's been a violation, it won't shy away from saying so", Lester said, adding other courts in Europe have also looked into the legality of the sanctions.

Air France and Dutch sibling KLM will halt flights by the end of September due to "weak commercial results", the group said Thursday.

In his executive order, Trump argued that the sanctions would turn up the financial pressure on Tehran to come to a "comprehensive and lasting solution" regarding activities that the global community regarded as "malign" such as Iran's "ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism".

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei this month appeared to rule out any immediate prospect of talks, saying "there will be neither war, nor negotiations", with the U.S.

The ICJ was set up in 1946 to resolve worldwide disputes. Iran routinely refers to the U.S. as "the enemy" and its officials chant "Death to America" at official functions.

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