(Persia Digest) – An expert on international affairs in Tehran believes: “Proof of Iran's legitimate claims at The Hague can facilitate JCPOA negotiations with the European Union.”

Following an International Court of Justice (ICJ) announcement this morning that it has jurisdiction to rule in the Iran vs USA case based on the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries, the court ruled in favor of lifting certain sanctions against Iran on humanitarian grounds, ie medicines, food and agriculture, and civil aviation spare parts for safety.

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Former Iranian career diplomat at the UN and Professor of International Law, Dr Davoud Hermidas- Bavand told Persia Digest (PD) in an interview: “This is a temporary ruling by the ICJ. Hearings will start next week. But, ICJ has announced the court has jurisdiction to rule in this case.”

He continued: “The UN Security Council had previously mentioned lifting of sanctions on medicine and foods. What is new in today’s ICJ ruling is spare parts for civil aviation which has been endangering Iranian lives. We must now wait for the official US reaction. The precedence is that America did not act according to an ICJ ruling in a similar case pertaining to Nicaragua.”

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Bavand reiterated: “Once the hearings begin at the ICJ, the court can issue a letter recommending the US to act; but, this is of course contrary to Trump’s position.”

This international expert said about the effects of The Hague tribunal's ruling on the position of Iran in the international community: “The failure of the United States to abide by the ruling has psychological and political implications for the country. As for Iran, it will facilitate its JCPOA negotiations with the EU.”

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