2nd round of hearings of Iran lawsuit against US begins at ICJ

IRNA – The second round of hearing session of the lawsuit Iran has filed with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the US began on Wednesday in the Hague Court where Iran has 90 minutes to make its case.

The US President Donald Trump on May 8 declared that Washington unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal which was signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Tehran says the measure violates the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights between the two countries that was signed in 1955.

The treaty comprising of an introduction and 23 articles was signed in Tehran and ratified by the Iranian government of the time. The government was permitted to exchange the related documents, following ratification by the National Consultative Assembly.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on July 16 that Iran has filed a lawsuit with the ICJ for the sanctions Washington imposed on Iran in May.

At the first round of hearings, each of the two sides of the lawsuit had three hours to present their evidences. Iran and the US sessions were held on August 27 and 28 respectively.

On Tuesday session, the US raised its nuclear and missile accusations against Iran as the underlying reasons for pulling out of the nuclear deal.

The Iranian lawyers Monday elaborated on economic, political and legal aspects of the accusations they had posed on Washington.

The International Court of Justice is the main judicial body of the United Nations that settles the disputes between member states according to the international law and gives advisory information on queries referred to it from UN and specialized agencies.