US terminates 53-year-old treaty with Iran after top UN court ruling

  • The 1955 Treaty of Amity established economic relations and consular rights between the two countries

WASHINGTON — The United States is canceling a 1955 treaty with Iran establishing economic relations and consular rights between the two nations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday.

The move follows a ruling by the top United Nations court ordering the US to lift sanctions on the Middle Eastern country that affect imports of humanitarian goods.

Iran alleges that the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration after its withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran violated the so-called Treaty of Amity.

Pompeo told reporters in Washington that the termination of the treaty was decades overdue, according to the Associated Press. He said that Iran was abusing the International Court of Justice for political and propaganda purposes.

This is a developing story and will be updated soon.