It appears that the International Court of Justice might be growing too big for its britches. The organization recently ordered the Trump administration to lift some of its sanctions on Iran.
Yes, you read that right. The court ordered the United States to make changes to its foreign policy. After President Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, he announced that he would be reinstating sanctions on Tehran until they prove that they are not pursuing a nuclear program. Needless to say, Iran wasn’t too happy about the decision, so they chose to take the matter before the International Court.
UN Puffs Out Its Chest
In July, Iran complained to the International Court about the potential impact of the sanctions on its citizens. They claimed the U.S. had violated a “friendship treaty” that was signed in 1955 before Iran’s Islamic Revolution took place.
The Trump administration imposed the first round of sanctions on Tehran in August and had indicated that they would place a second round in November. Iranian attorneys argued that the president is engaging in “naked economic aggression” that is “strangling”’ the country’s economy. Washington responded by reminding the court that they have no jurisdiction to rule on this issue, as it is a matter of national security.
President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani clashed at the U.N. General Assembly in September. Rouhani slammed Trump, claiming that he has “xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition.” It is not known if anyone explained the pot and the kettle expression to the Iranian leader.
Will the Trump Administration Bow to the UN?
While the Trump administration is certainly justified in being concerned about Iran’s potential nuclear ambitions, bucking the United Nations’ International Court of Justice may not be a wise move.
The U.N. could cause great damage if they withhold funds from America — oh wait, the U.S. doesn’t receive any aid from the United Nations. In fact, the U.S. funds 22% of the international body’s budget.
Well, it appears that the International Court, which adjudicates disputes between member states of the United Nations, doesn’t have much leverage at all. It appears that their only recourse is to hope that the U.S. will crumble under the crushing weight of their stern rebukes.
The U.N. ordering the United States to do anything is like a janitor at the White House ordering the president to fetch him a beer. The U.S. is not beholden to any organization — especially those that routinely work against the interests of America and its allies. The Trump administration has taken the correct approach to dealing with groups like the United Nations.
It is no secret that the international community has chosen to side with the Iranian regime against the United States — especially after the president removed the nation from the toothless nuclear deal. Furthermore, the United Nations’ blatant bias against the State of Israel is another reason the U.S. should not take their demands seriously.
If the United Nations wants the United States to acquiesce to their demands, perhaps they should try to work with the Trump administration instead of working against them. It might be a better idea for the U.N. to handle the Israeli/Palestinian conflict without their historic anti-Israel bias. Unfortunately, it does not seem that the U.N. will change their approach anytime soon.