The US has terminated a 1955 treaty with Iran, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also accused Iran of threatening American missions in Iraq.
Pompeo's comments came following a ruling by the International Court of Justice demanding that the United States suspend sanctions on Iran’s humanitarian goods and civil aviation.
“The court considers that the United States, in accordance with its obligations under the 1955 treaty, must remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from the measures” relating to humanitarian needs, medicines, foodstuff and agricultural commodities and civil aviation," the World Court's ruling stated.
Pompeo responded to the ruling, telling reporters at the State Department that "this marked a useful point for us to demonstrate the absolute absurdity of the treaty of amity between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran." The treaty had been signed between the two countries prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution.
"Iran is the origin of the current threat to Americans in Iraq," Pompeo stated, adding that the only way to resolve the differences between Iran and the US is for Iran to stop supporting and committing terrorist acts.