USA terminates 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran after ICJ ruling

Following yesterday’s ICJ ruling, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the USA will terminate the 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the USA, which Iran claims to have been violated by the US through the reimposition of sanctions. Mr Pompeo remarked that the ICJ’s ruling “was a defeat for Iran. It rightly rejected all of Iran’s baseless requests. The court denied Iran’s attempt to secure broad measures to interfere with U.S. sanctions and rightly noted Iran’s history of noncompliance with its international obligations under the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.”

In relation to the ICJ’s Order focusing on potential humanitarian issues, Mr Pompeo said that “existing exceptions, authorizations, and licensing policies for humanitarian-related transactions and safety of flight will remain in effect. The United States has been actively engaged on these issues without regard to any proceeding before the ICJ. We’re working closely with the Department of the Treasury to ensure that certain humanitarian-related transactions involving Iran can and will continue.”

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Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...

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