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US, IRAN BATTLE OVER SANCTIONS AT WORLD COURT

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Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia, fourth from right, and other judges take their seats prior to reading the court's verdict as delegations of Iran and the U.S. listen at the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The court is scheduled to deliver its judgement on U.S. objections about the court's jurisdiction in the case. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong). (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The United States and Iran will face off at the United Nation’s top court in the latest round of a battle over sanctions on Tehran reposed by President Donald Trump.

Tehran dragged Washington to the International Court of Justice ICJ in The Hague in 2018 after Trump pulled the US out of a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran.

They will argue over the coming week about whether the court, set up after World War II to deal with disputes between UN member states, actually has jurisdiction in the case.

Iran says the sanctions brought back by the Trump administration breach the 1955 “Treaty of Amity” between the two countries, signed long before the 1979 Iranian revolution severed ties.

Tehran won an early victory in October 2018 when the ICJ ordered sanctions on humanitarian goods to be eased as an emergency measure while the overall lawsuit is dealt with.