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Pompeo announces America’s termination of 1955 amity treaty with Iran

“Iran has attempted to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions as necessary to protect our national security, and Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes,” said the U.S. Secretary of State.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses reporters at the State Department on Sept. 14, 2018. Credit: Jackson Richman/JNS.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses reporters at the State Department on Sept. 14, 2018. Credit: Jackson Richman/JNS.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the United States will terminate a 1955 treaty of amity that regulates commerce and consular activities between America and Iran.

This development comes in response to the International Court of Justice ruling on Wednesday that the United States must lift humanitarian-related sanctions against the regime.

Pompeo labeled the ruling as “meritless.”

“This is a decision frankly that is 39 years overdue,” he told reporters.

“Iran has attempted to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions as necessary to protect our national security, and Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes,” he added.

Nonetheless, Pompeo remarked that the United States will continue to provide humanitarian aid to the Iranian people, which he said is being abused by the Islamic Republic.

“Those are dollars the Iranian leadership is squandering,” he said. “They could be providing humanitarian assistance to their own people, but have chosen a different path.”

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