US sanctions on Iran violate international law: Mahathir

International Desk
14 December 2019, Sat
Published: 04:31

US sanctions on Iran violate international law: Mahathir

Sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran violate the United Nations' charter and international law, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said, reports Al-Jazeera.

He said in a conference in Qatar on Saturday (December 14).

"Malaysia does not support the reimposition of the unilateral sanctions by the US against Iran," he said the Doha Forum, also attended by Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani today.

Last year, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and reinstated sanctions to choke Iran's oil exports and isolate its economy as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran to force it to renegotiate a new deal.

A week ago, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced what he called a $39bn "budget of resistance" to counter US sanctions following a fuel price rise that sparked deadly nationwide protests

Malaysia and other countries have lost "a big market" because of the sanctions on Iran, said Mahathir.

"Such sanctions clearly violate the United Nations Charter and international law. Sanctions can only be applied by the United Nations in accordance with the charter," he added.