ICJ Fixes Time-Limits for Iran, US to File Pleadings over Asset Freeze Case

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed the time-limits for the filing of the initial pleadings in the case concerning Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights, a case between Iran and the US.

ICJ Fixes Time-Limits for Iran, US to File Pleadings over Asset Freeze Case

By an Order dated October 10, the court fixed April 10, 2019 and October 10, 2019 as the respective time-limits for the filing of a Memorial by the Islamic Republic of Iran, and a Counter-Memorial by the United States of America, the official website of the court reported on Wednesday.

The Court made the order having regard to the views of the parties. The subsequent procedure has been reserved for further decision.

The court held the first hearing in the case on October 8, when American lawyers brought their arguments before the body, repeating Washington’s allegations against Iran of involvement in “terrorism” or “financing” it.

Iran had lodged the case with the court two years ago by invoking the Treaty of Amity, signed between Tehran and Washington in 1955.

The US has also argued that the ICJ does not have jurisdiction over the case. Washington quit the Treaty last week after it was defeated in the previous case over US sanctions on Iran, which was also based on the same deal.

The case saw Iran litigating against the US over its re-imposition of anti-Iran sanctions.

The White House began reintroducing the bans in August after quitting a multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran.

In the verdict, the ICJ ordered that the United States lift the sanctions targeting “humanitarian” items.

The ICJ – also known after the World Court -- was set up after World War II to rule on disputes between United Nations member states. Its rulings are binding.

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