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Prominent American Lawyer: 'Iran should sue US for war threats'

Source: Press TV

A US lawyer says Iran should seek an 'international equivalent of a temporary restraining order' to compel the US to abandon war threats. Francis Boyle, a Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, proposes Iran sue world powers for threatening to launch military strikes against the country over its nuclear program.

Francis Boyle: Iran Should Sue to Stop US Attack Part I

Francis Boyle: Iran Should Sue to Stop US Attack Part II

Iran has cited diplomacy as the only acceptable means for clarifying the nature of its program. The West, however, accuses Iran of making efforts to develop nuclear weaponry.

While claiming to be committed to a diplomatic solution to Tehran's nuclear standoff, the US and Israel have repeatedly threatened to launch a military strike against Iran should the country continue uranium enrichment.

As a sign of commitment to diplomacy, Washington took part in a July 19 meeting between Iran and the five permanent members of the UNSC plus Germany.

Despite being advertised by various US officials as a 'U-turn' policy toward Tehran, Washington's commitment to negotiations was a 'one-time' offer limited to 'listening' rather than 'contributing'.

After the talks, the Bush administration gave Iran two weeks to respond to the 'freeze or freeze' proposal under which Iran would have to freeze the expansion of its enrichment program for six weeks and the US would, in return, freeze lobbying for more anti-Iran sanctions.

"If the United States government is not prepared to engage in reasonable direct unconditional good faith negotiations with Iran, then my advice is the Iranian government (should) go forward with these lawsuits," said Professor Boyle.

"Iran should sue them at the World Court and protect itself, and then by means of the World Court proceedings, force negotiations," he added.

Related Article:

Francis Boyle: Iran Should Sue US in World Court to Stop Threats of Attack - Common Dreams

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