UPDATED 7:22 AM PT — Mon. August 27, 2018
Iran is asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order the U.S. to cease sanctions targeting Tehran amid heightening bilateral tensions.
Iranian lawyers made the request Monday, suggesting the sanctions are starving the already weak economy and violate a treaty signed back in 1955.
The U.S. previously said it does not acknowledge the court’s jurisdiction regarding the case.
The ICJ issued binding orders, though it has no authority to actually enforce them.
“This policy is nothing but naked economic aggression against my country,” stated Mohsen Mohebi, adviser to the Iranian president. “The United States has claimed that the very objective of these measures is to cause maximum damage to Iran.”
Meanwhile, Iran confirmed it has taken control of the gulf and the Strait of Hormuz amid heightening tensions with the U.S.
Iranian officials made the announcement Monday, allegedly gaining full control of the critical oil shipment route.
The Islamic Republic has threatened to block the waterway in the past in retaliation for the U.S. pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Iranian officials have also vocalized the resistance to the U.S. naval presence within the gulf.
This comes as the U.S. seeks to completely block Iran’s oil exports in retaliation for Tehran’s continued sponsorship of terrorism and its refusal to stop trade on the Persian Gulf.
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