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Netherlands: US and Iran face off again at ICJ over frozen assets

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The international Court of Justice (ICJ) opened its first hearing over the US freezing of Iranian assets in The Hague on Monday.

The court started with preliminary objections by the US, who argued that the ICJ does not have the jurisdiction to ask the US to lift Iran sanctions.

Today’s hearing comes a week after the ICJ, in a separate case, ordered the US to lift sanctions on medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities; as well as aviation plans imposed on Iran.

The ICJ based its ruling on grounds of Iran’s request of sanction relief based on 1955 Treaty of Amity struck between disputing sides before the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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.

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