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Iran’s complaint against US in ICJ, proof of Tehran’s rightfulness

Tehran, The lawsuit Iran has filed with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the US for its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal aims at proving Iran's rightness to the international community, a senior Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday.

It also aimed at proving that Iran has been loyal to the July 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and that is was the US that has failed to meet fulfil its commitments, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said in a radio program.

Tehran filed a lawsuit against Washington with the world court for the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposition of sanctions against Iran as well as the verdicts that the US courts have issued against Iran for its alleged involvement in the terrorist activities in other countries.

The ICJ started hearing sessions on the issue since August 27.

It is quite normal that in different situations, different behaviors are being made but the principles must always be adhered to, Araqchi, also a top nuclear negotiator, stressed.

He said that after US withdrawal for the landmark nuclear deal it was a must that Iran changes its approach too.

The country's principles for foreign relations are firm and in line with defending its national values and the Islamic Revolution aspirations, Araqchi added.

'We are always after serving national interests,' he said.

Referring to US mounting pressures against Iran in the post-JCPOA era, the senior diplomat said it was all because Iran had found a stronger position at both the regional and international scenes after the nuclear deal.

It's highly important to know that US increasing pressures were resulted from Iran's empowerment. If we had not become that powerful, there would have been no reason to put such heavy pressure on us, Araqchi stressed.

He added, 'In one occasion, we entered the [nuclear] talks based on a particular policy, now that the situation is changed, we should set new policies in line with the pressures imposed on us by the US.'

Araqchi further referred to Tehran's decision to adopt a multi-lateral foreign policy for its ties with the world countries stressing the need to establish special interactions with the world countries to make the US anti-Iran efforts fruitless.

The senior diplomat said that the logic behind Tehran's move to bring a complaint against Washington at the world court is not necessarily to convict the latter, but the truth is that Tehran is after proving its rightfulness to the international community.

Although a country like the United States cannot be found guilty easily and compelled to follow the laws due to [shortage in] structure of the international regulations, the pressures resulted from such measures in the ICJ on Washington will be effective, Araqchi stressed.

'I'm sure that we can resist against the US and counter its anti-Iran measures if we preserve our internal coherence,' said the senior diplomat.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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