Trump administration announces end of decades-old treaty with Iran

October 10, 2018

Trump administration announces end of decades-old treaty with Iran Evan El-Amin /

The Trump administration tore up a half-century-old treaty with Iran in defiance of orders from the United Nations to go softer on the regime.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he was ending the 1955 Amity Treaty between America and Iran after the U.N. used the treaty to order the U.S. to ease sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Trump scraps 1955 Iran treaty

Iran argued in a complaint to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that the Trump administration’s sanctions violated the treaty, which dates from pre-revolutionary Iran, when the United States had a close relationship with the then-Iranian kingdom and its ruling Pahlavi family.

The ICJ then ordered the United States on Wednesday to “remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from” exports of medicine, medical devices, food, agricultural commodities and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation, Fox reported. Pompeo said that the court has no authority over the sanctions because they are a matter of U.S. national security.

Calling Iran’s complaint “meritless”, Pompeo condemned the country for “attempting to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions necessary to protect our national security and abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes.” Rather than comply with the order, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to stop Iran’s maneuvering in its tracks by scrapping the decades-old treaty, which he said was “39 years overdue,” referring to the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif seized on the court’s ruling as a victory against the United States, which he called “sanctions-addicted” and condemned for “malign…unilateralism.” But Pompeo said that the ICJ’s ruling was actually a loss for Iran.

“The court denied Iran’s attempt to secure broad measures to interfere with U.S. sanctions and rightly noted Iran’s history of non-compliance with its international obligations under the treaty of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” he said.

Pattern of defiance

The treaty’s rescission was President Donald Trump’s latest provocation against the rogue regime. Relations between America and Iran have reached historic lows after Trump scrapped the Iran deal in May and slapped sanctions on the Islamic Republic in August. More sanctions against Iran’s crude oil exports are expected in November.

Trump has made isolating Iran into a key part of his foreign policy agenda. Iran’s misdeeds were a major highlight in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly last week, where he promised to pursue “additional sanctions, tougher than ever before, to counter the entire range of Iran’s malign conduct.”

The decision to scrap the treaty also continues a pattern of defiant actions against the United Nations, which has taken a steady beating since Trump took office. In the same speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Trump attacked the International Criminal Court, a separate international court that prosecutes accused war criminals.

“As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority,” he said. “The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.”

It looks like Trump has no plans to bow down to the United Nations or their globalist agenda any time soon.


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.