Iran dismisses US objections at ICJ hearings
The legal team of the Islamic Republic of Iran rejected US objections in its preliminary statements at a hearing regarding Iran’s frozen assets, which was held at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague on Wednesday.
Iran Press/ Iran news: Speaking of provisional measures imposed by the US on Iranian entities and companies, specifically its Central Bank, Iran’s lawyer Mohsen Mohebi said “the case we discussed this week does not concern the so-called nuclear-related sanctions.”
According to Associated Press, “It is related to the treatment by different branches of the United States government through a range of legislative, executive, and in particular judicial measures,” he added.
British barrister Vaughan Lowe, another member of Iran’s legal team, dismissed US attempts to justify actions taken against Iranian entities and individuals as measures to hold Iran accountable for its alleged support of terror organizations, questioning the timing of allegations.
“The time to hear such a defence is at the merits hearing, not now, and that is the time at which Iran will respond to any such allegations as may be relevant to the legal issues in this case,” Lowe said.
Iran filed a complaint with the ICJ — the principal judicial organ of the United Nations — on June 14, 2016 over the freezing of billions of dollars in its assets either inside or outside of America under US court rulings.
In a separate case on October 3, the ICJ ordered the US to lift its sanctions on Iran concerning the export of “medicines and medical devices, food, [and] agricultural commodities” in addition to aviation parts based on the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic relations and Consular rights between the disputing parties.
The US government responded by announcing that it would be withdrawing from the Treaty of Amity as well as the optional protocol of the 1961 Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations which gives the ICJ jurisdiction over disputes arising from the convention.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Tehran and the world powers in 2015.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Donald Trump’s decision to scrap the nuclear deal was sharply criticised by other signatories of the deal, who have pledged to uphold their side of the agreement.