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Araqchi: US tries to misguide ICJ

Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that the US tried to misguide the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

'Instead of responding to ample evidences and logical and legal reasonings offered by Iranian lawyers, the US representative at the Hague-based court embarked on presenting non-technical and irrelevant-to-the-case justifications; and through presenting selective pieces of the remarks of the Iranian high-ranking officials, and of myself, tried to avoid answering and to misguide the Court,' Araqchi made the remarks in an interview with IRNA on Friday.

'What I said in my earlier interview was that although the ICJ's ruling is legally binding from the standpoint of international law, there are very limited capacities in the international system to force the US to implement the Court's rulings. The US had on several occasions in the past openly refused to obey and implement the ICJ's quite explicit decisions against it in cases brought before the Court by other countries.'

Araqchi continued: 'The point is that being already aware that in case of a just decision by the ICJ and its reaffirmation that Iran's rights are violated, the US would most probably refuse to abide, as their dark record shows; yet we filed the lawsuit before the Court so that Iran's righteousness is proved to all.'

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 accusations against Iran as the underlying reasons for pulling out of the nuclear deal.

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 the UN and specialized agencies.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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