The United States has defended its re-imposition of sanctions against Iran as a legal and justified national security measure that cannot be challenged by Tehran at the United Nations' highest court.
U.S. State Department legal advisor Jennifer Newstead urged judges at the International Court of Justice to reject an urgent request by Iran to order the suspension of sanctions re-imposed by President Donald Trump in May.
Newstead told judges in the court that United States does intend, lawfully and for good reason, to bring heavy pressure to bear on the Iranian leadership to change their ways.He said we do this in the interests of U.S. national security as well as in pursuit of a more peaceful Middle East and a more peaceful world.
Iran filed a case with the court in July challenging the re-imposition.
Source: Radio Pakistan