U.S. terminates 1955 'friendship' treaty with Iran after UN court ruling

U.S. terminates 1955 'friendship' treaty with Iran after UN court ruling

The United States says it is canceling a decades-old friendship treaty with Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court case against Washington's sanctions policy.

"I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on October 3, referring to the year of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty reported.

The announcement came after the top UN court ordered the United States to ease sanctions it reimposed on Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers earlier this year.

The 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights called for "friendly relations" between Iran and the United States, encouraged mutual trade and investment, regulated diplomatic ties, and granted the International Court of Justice (ICJ) jurisdiction over disputes.

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