Iran urges UN court to halt US reimposed nuclear sanctions

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Khalid Karamat in BBC Urdu “Sairbeen” covered these topics: Iran has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to lift the sanctions imposed by the US after it abandoned the deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme. Iranian lawyer Mohsen Mohebi said the US aimed to damage Iran’s economy “as severely as possible” and had violated a little-known 1955 friendship treaty. The US said it would vigorously defend itself against the “meritless claim”. Iran’s economy has slumped since US President Donald Trump ordered that the sanctions be reinstated in May. The US military regularly seeks to demonstrate freedom of navigation by flying over the South China Sea. China has been expanding what appear to be military facilities on islands and reefs in the area, and it has landed bombers on the outposts during training exercises. Another flashpoint is Taiwan, which is seen by China as a breakaway province. The document warns that China “is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with China by force”.