Move comes after United Nations court ruling.
The United States has terminated the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran.
The U.S. made the move after a United Nations court (International Court of Justice) told the U.S. to remove sanctions on Iran that impact humanitarian goods and services.
According to Fox News, “The ICJ, ruling from the Hague, said in a preliminary decision that the U.S. must “remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from” sanctions that affect exports to Iran of medicine, medical devices, food, agricultural commodities and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation. The U.S. had argued that the sanctions cannot be challenged at the ICJ because it is a matter of national security. The court’s president, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said that the case will continue and the U.S. could challenge the court’s jurisdiction.”
Iran was able to sue the U.S. due to the Treaty of Amity signed between the countries in 1955. By scrapping the treaty, the U.S. will continue to impose the sanctions.
Notably, the ICJ has regularly been biased against Western countries, repeatedly ruling in favour of anti-democratic regimes.
During a press conference, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said “The U.S. will not sit idly by as baseless, politicized claims are brought against us.”
The announcement of the elimination of the treaty was made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. His statement can be watched below:
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