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Washington bears full responsibility for imposing illegitimate sanctions on Iran. Other countries are pressured to agree. Doing so harms their own interests.

Heavy-handed U.S. bullying largely gets its way. Rule of law principles and norms are violated. At issue is advancing Washington's imperium.

America's 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) lets presidents claim unusual and/or extraordinary foreign threats, declare a national emergency, and regulate commerce accordingly.

Presidents have taken full advantage deceptively, unjustifiably, and illegally.


---On July 29, Head of the Iranian Presidential Center for International Legal Affairs Majid Jafarzadeh said Tehran will take legal action against America and European countries.

"The complaint will be registered and pursued soon, based on international regulations," he said.

Ron Paul calls Iranian sanctions an act of war. The New England Journal of Medicine called them "a war against public health."

They also violate World Trade Organization (WTO) provisions. WTO members may curb trade with other nations for security reasons. Doing so on dealings with third countries has no legal legitimacy.

Iran is nonbelligerent. It's lawful and non-threatening. Its nuclear energy program complies fully with Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty provisions.

Challenging Washington in the WTO's Dispute Resolution Mechanism would likely succeed.

Francis Boyle urges Iran to sue Washington, Britain and France at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if they refuse to negotiate directly and continue making belligerent threats.

Add Israel and make it a quartet. It menaces the region.

In early July, Boyle told Press TV if someone refuses "to talk to you, sue them, and then they have to talk to you."

If Washington won't engage in direct negotiations, "Iran should sue....at the World Court, protect itself, and then by means of the World Court proceeding, force negotiations which Iran can do."

If crisis conditions escalate, Iran should also sue Britain and France, said Boyle. It should request an "emergency hearing," and use it to prevent war or other belligerent acts.

A restraining order could be gotten. It would prevent "any type of blockade....to prevent the imposition of further economic sanctions....and pursuit of" additional ones.

Blockades are acts of war. Multiples rounds of sanctions targeting vital state functions have similar effects if pushed too far. The ones in place now violate fundamental human rights.

They're illegal. Iran should sue. Unlike the International Criminal Court, ICJ rulings are more measured and just. It called Israel's Apartheid Wall illegal.---


There's more:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/84-pers...

I remember years ago people on this board asking, 'why does the world hate us'?


Regards

Tony
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