US rejects international court order to ease some sanctions on Iran

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US rejects international court order to ease some sanctions on Iran

The Trump administration said Wednesday it is canceling a 63-year-old treaty with Iran and part of a Vienna Convention on diplomatic rights in its latest rejection of international bodies that can challenge U.S. sovereignty.

The moves were more symbolic than substantive, and largely reflected Washington’s worsening relations with Tehran and with the Palestinian Authority.

The State Department said it will withdraw from the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, which affirmed friendly relations between the two nations, after a United Nations court ruled in Iran’s favor in a case that challenged newly imposed U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The court ordered Washington to ease some sanctions, saying they violated the treaty’s provisions.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo dismissed the ruling by the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague, Netherlands, as “meritless” and said the decision to scrub the little-known treaty was “39 years overdue,” a reference to the 1979 Islamic revolution that led to the seizure of U.S. hostages and put an anti-American theocracy in power.

Pompeo said staying in the treaty was “absolutely absurd” since the two governments broke diplomatic relations in 1980.