On Wednesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the White House was terminating a treaty with Iran from the 1950s.
The reason the treaty is being abolished comes after a recent United Nations court ruling that would force the U.S. to continue aid to the region. The ruling from the U.N. determined that the current accord would prevent the United States from imposing sanctions that would affect humanitarian aid.
“We’re disappointed that the court failed to recognize that it has no jurisdiction to issue any order relating to these sanctions measures with the United States, which is doing its work on Iran to protect its own essential security interests,” Pompeo said during a news conference at the State Department.
The highest court in the United Nations ruled and then ordered the United States to ensure that sanctions against Iran will not endanger humanitarian aid or civil aviation in the country.
In response to the court’s decision, Pompeo said the US would pull out of the treaty, an action that is “39 years overdue.”
“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 said.
According to the United Nations court that ruled in favor of Tehran stated that the sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump went against the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.
A top diplomat in the United States went on to say that the United States would continue to provide assistance. However, it was strongly encouraged that the country to do more to protect their citizens instead of promoting terrorism around the world.
“Those are dollars the Iranian leadership is squandering, they could be providing humanitarian assistance to their own people but have chosen a different path,” Pompeo said. The United States has already announced last Friday plans to close the consulate in Barsa, Iraq and relocate personnel due to increasing terrorist threats.
H/T Market Watch