US nixes 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court rules to lift sanctions
Pompeo announces end of accord that established economic relations between two countries, blasts Russian sale of S-300 to Syria as ‘very serious escalation’.
The United States said Wednesday that it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then-ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington’s sanctions policy.
“I’m announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
He said Iran’s claims under the treaty, which established economic relations and consular rights between the two nations, were “absurd.”