(Persia Digest) – The legal assistant to the Iranian President has said: “Iran will file a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the US after this country stopped help for the flood victims from reaching Iran.”

In an interview with the IRIB News Agency, Laya Joneidi pointed to the statement made by the President of the Red Crescent who had said earlier that no financial help for the flood victims had been received through the banks, adding: “This is a great violation by the US, especially of human rights.”

She continued by saying that based on a preliminary ruling by the ICJ, the US cannot create obstacles for humanitarian assistance, such as food, agriculture, medicine, medical equipment, spare parts for civil aviation, and all related banking operations, reiterating: “This US action violates international law and clearly abrogates the ICJ ruling. Separate measures have been taken in this regard.”

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Joneidi added: “The issue of damages for this US action has been raised in a general lawsuit filed with the International Court of Justice.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Iranian authorities have consistently announced in recent weeks that the US has blocked all cash reaching the flood victims in Iran under the pretext of its unilateral sanctions.

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In October 2018, in a lawsuit brought by Iran against the US for its violation of the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights between the United States and Iran, the ICJ at The Hague issued a preliminary ruling ordering the US to suspend sanctions on humanitarian grounds for medicine, food and agriculture, and safety equipment for the civil aviation.

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