UPDATED 11:33 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 3, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared an end to a little known 1955 treaty with Iran amid heightened bilateral tension. Pompeo made the announcement Wednesday, saying the cancellation is “39 years overdue.”
This comes after the International Court of Justice (ICJ), referred to as the World Court, issued a ruling demanding U.S. sanctions targeting Iran not interfere in humanitarian aid or civil aviation.
Pompeo went on to slam the decision, citing it as a loss for the Islamic Republic and its “baseless requests.”
“Iran is attempting to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions necessary to protect our national security, and Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit,” he stated.
Iran claims the U.S. decision to withdraw from the 2015 Nuclear Deal breached the decades-old treaty.
Though the World Court issued its rulings, it has no power to enforce the decisions.