Do you think there was a genuine link between the Kuwaiti tankers and the United States?
What might other nations have done if they determined that there was not a genuine link between the Kuwaiti tankers and the state of registration, the U.S.? (See The M/V "Saiga" Case, pp. 289-307 infra.)
Suppose a Dutch ship and a re-flagged Kuwaiti oil tanker had collided in the Persian Gulf. The newly registered U.S. oil tanker accuses the Dutch vessel of negligence and both nations (the U.S. and the Netherlands) agree to submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice. Do you think the Dutch government could successfully reject the U.S. claim on the grounds that the U.S. had no right to represent the oil tanker at the international level? Compare The Nottebohm Case (Liechtenstein v. Guatemala), 1955 I.C.J. 4., pp. 355-360, with The M/V "Saiga" Case, (St. Vincent and the Grenadines v. Guinea), 1999 ITLOS No.2, pp. 289-307.