Netherlands: Iran dismisses US objections at ICJ hearings on frozen assets

The legal team of the Islamic Republic of Iran moved to reject 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. Speaking of provisional measures imposed by the US on Iranian entities and companies, specifically its Central Bank [Bank Markazi], Iran's lawyer Mohsen Mohebi... Еще said «the case we discussed this week does not concern the so-called nuclear-related sanctions.» «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. 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. Mandatory Credit: UNTV pool

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