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U.S. TERMINATES TREATY OF AMITY WITH IRAN AFTER U.N. COURT VERDICT

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that, the U.S. is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, after the UN's top court ruled that Washington lift sanctions on Tehran.

Pompeo said, "I'm announcing that the U.S. is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue." Earlier Wednesday, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a verdict against the U.S. unilateral sanctions, following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Saying that the restoration of sanctions against Iran, by U.S. President Donald Trump, violates the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries, it ordered the United States to ensure that its sanctions against Iran will not affect the humanitarian condition or threaten civil aviation safety.

It ordered, Wednesday, that the United States must lift sanctions on "medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities" and on spare parts necessary for the safety of civil aviation imposed against Iran.

Iran had requested the ICJ to order an immediate lifting of all sanctions imposed by the United States, arguing that, these "unjust and harmful" sanctions "are damaging the economy of Iran and driving millions of people into poverty," and that the U.S. side had violated a bilateral friendship treaty signed in 1955.

The lawsuit followed Trump's decision in May this year, to quit the nuclear deal and restore sanctions on Iran. Iran started the ICJ proceedings on July 16.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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