In a move that is sure to infuriate many within the White House, the United Nations’ top court this morning ordered that the United States lift specific sanctions against the Iranian people.
The International Court of Justice ruled that the Trump Administration must lift all sanctions which have an impact on the import of humanitarian goods and products as well as services linked to the safety of civil aviation.
“The court considers that the United States must…remove by means of its choosing any impediment arising from the measures announced on 8 May 2018,” said Presiding Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf.
With the President pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord earlier this year, sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation are scheduled to go into effect next month. The court, however, ruled that the reimplementation of these specific sanctions would violated the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two nations.
The ruling is binding, but the court has no means of enforcing it, so it remains unclear if the President and his administration will drop these sanctions or risk the negative consequences of violating the ruling.
Back in May, the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear accord, and on November 4th new sanctions against Iran will go into effect in an effort to try and curtail the nation’s oil exports. The United States’ stance has been criticized by both allies and foes after the Trump Administration announced their pullout from the accord in May.