Acting in conformity with Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, addressed, on 23 July 2018, an urgent communication to the Secretary of State of the United States of America, with a copy to the Agent of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the case concerning Alleged violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America). (ICJ Press release 2018/37)
Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court stipulates that “[p]ending the meeting of the Court, the President may call upon the parties to act in such a way as will enable any order the Court may make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects”.
According to the official website of the Iranian government, dolat.ir, Mohsen Mohebi, head of the Iran Presidency center for International Legal Affairs, said that the ICJ President has sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on the US “to not take any new actions in order to change the situation.”
“Given the importance and urgency of the case in accordance with article 74 (4) of the Rules of the International Court of Justice, ICJ President sent a letter to the US Secretary of State to warn against any new action in this regard,” Mohebi said, adding the ICJ president also “draws the White House officials' attention to the need for acting in a way that does not neutralize the ICJ future verdicts on August 27 in dealing with the dispute (reinstating the sanctions).” (Mehr News Agency)
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