The Iran government has filed a lawsuit against the United States over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Nuclear Deal.
Radio Free Europe reported that the international Court of Justice (ICJ) confirmed that the suit has been filed. The news of the lawsuit was first reported on Monday by the Iranian state media and the country’s foreign minister, saying Trump’s decision violated the treaty the Islamic Republic signed with the U.S. and five other nations.
Iran aims to hold the U.S. “accountable for its unlawful re-imposition of unilateral sanctions. Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations,” Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.
Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported that the lawsuit has been filed citing the 1955 Treaty of Amity.
“After receiving the viewpoints of Iranian and foreign international attorneys and legal advisors, the final lawsuit containing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s complaint over the [US’] violation of the Treaty of Amity was registered on July 16, 2018,” a spokesperson for the foreign ministry said, according to the news agency.
In May, the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 Nuclear Deal, which is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The president’s decision was later backed by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who promised to implement to implement the “strongest sanctions in history” against Tehran.
However, the other five countries who were part of the deal, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China, have all criticized Washington’s decision and scramble to salvage the agreement.