US terminates 1955 Treaty with Iran

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Added On October 5, 2018

The United States has said it is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement on Wednesday.  

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) MIKE POMPEO, US Secretary of State 

"I'm announcing that the U.S. is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue." 

The U.S. has adopted a hardline policy against Tehran, withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the Hague-based International Court of Justice issued a verdict against U.S. unilateral sanctions, saying the restoration of sanctions violates the terms of the treaty between the two countries.

In response, Pompeo said Iran is abusing the court for its own political purposes. 

Pompeo also blamed Iran for threats to American missions in Iraq. 

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): MIKE POMPEO, US Secretary of State 

"Iran is the origin of the current threat to Americans in Iraq. It is to blame for the attacks against our mission in Basra and our embassy in Baghdad."

Iran's Foreign Ministry has condemned the U.S. claim as "irresponsible," saying such attempts to shift the blame onto others would not erase the  "destructive" role of the U.S. in Iraq.