PUBLISHED: 02:44, Thu, Sep 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:44, Thu, Sep 17, 2020
The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) is assessing the evidence from Iran and the US in order to decide whether it can deal with the case. On Wednesday, Tehran urged the UN court to overturn the US nuclear sanctions.
Donald Trump dragged America out of a landmark deal and reimposed nuclear sanctions.
The move resulted in Iran taking the US to the ICJ in 2018.
This week, Iran’s Hamidreza Oloumiyazdi told the UN court the sanctions imposed by the US were a “clear breach” of the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two nations.
Speaking over video link, Mr Oloumiyazdi said: "The US measures and the underlying policy of 'maximum pressure' disregard the very foundation of international law.”
Iran has insisted US sanctions are devastating the Iranian economy (Image: getty/Iranian Presidency )
Mike Pompeo said America will enforce new UN sanctions on Iran from next week (Image: getty)
Iran’s lawyer added how the sanctions were causing “hardship and suffering”.
He said there has been a record level plummet in Iran’s trade, food prices have almost doubled and the health system has been severely affected.
He continued: "All that matters now for the US administration is whether its measures are succeeding in destroying the Iranian economy and ruining the lives of millions of Iranians.”
On Wednesday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said America will enforce new UN sanctions on Iran from next week.
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Donald Trump dragged America out of a landmark deal and reimposed nuclear sanctions on Iran (Image: getty)