İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ), UN's top court, on Wednesday to hear its bid to overturn U.S. nuclear sanctions, saying they were destroying the Iranian economy and "ruining millions of lives". "The U.S. measures and the underlying policy of 'maximum pressure' disregard the very foundation of international law," Tehran's representative Hamidreza Oloumiyazdi said.

The ICJ in The Hague is hearing arguments this week from Tehran and Washington before deciding whether it has jurisdiction to deal with the case. Iran dragged the United States to the ICJ in 2018 when President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of a landmark deal limiting Iran’s nuclear programme and reimposed sanctions. Oloumiyazdi said the sanctions were causing "hardship and suffering" including a record drop in Iran’s trade, a near-doubling of food prices and "severe" effects on the health system. "All that matters now for the U.S. administration is whether its measures are succeeding in destroying the Iranian economy and ruining the lives of millions of Iranians," Oloumiyazdi added.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said America will enforce new UN sanctions on Iran from next week. "The United States will do what it always does. It will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East... We'll do all the things we need to do to make sure that those sanctions are enforced," he added. On Monday, Trump insisted that the court should reject the case as the sanctions have little to do with the Treaty of Amity.

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