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Pak analyst urges world to confront extraterritorial US laws

Islamabad, Time has come for the international community to declare the US laws in violation of the UN Charter and international regulations, said a senior Pakistani analyst in a recent article.

A.G. Noorani, in his article published by the Dawn daily newspaper, said that it would be a shame if the international community were to submit to the gross violation of international law that has been systematically committed by the United States, through its Congress, for over two decades.

The Countering of America's Adversaries, Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), 2017, has aroused widespread resentment because of its broad reach � targeting four states and draconian provisions affecting others besides, Noorani said.

He added that none of the targeted states is an 'enemy' posing a threat to US security.

Each country � namely Iran, Russia, Syria and North Korea � is targeted because the US dislikes it or disapproves of its policies. Those who deal with them are also punished, he noted.

Noorani said the US has used the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act to obstruct Pakistani and Indian plans for the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

These American laws violate the UN Charter, international law as well as the fundamentals of the world order, he stressed.

Interference which is sufficiently coercive to constitute intervention may take a variety of forms. It may involve the use of armed force in the direct form of military action, or in a more indirect form as where support is given to subversive or terrorist armed activities in another state. Other forms of coercion, involving economic or political measures rather than resort to military action, may also constitute intervention, where they have the necessary coercive effect. the senior Pakistani analyst said, quoting jurist Lassa Francis Lawrence Oppenheim.

He said that on July 6, 2018, at a ministerial meet in Vienna, representatives of the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China assured Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif of their commitment to the nuclear deal of 2015.

He emphasized that the time has surely come for the international community to respond effectively by three measures; namely (1) a UN General Assembly resolution declaring the US laws in violation of the UN Charter and international law; (2) a request by the assembly to the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion; and (3) suits in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by the affected states against the US for an order declaring those laws in violation of the UN Charter and international law.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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