Trump no reliable negotiating partner after ending Amity Treaty: Iran FM
Tehran :Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States has once again proved that it is not a “reliable negotiating partner” by pulling out of a decades-old treaty with Iran, stressing that US President Donald Trump is not bound by any negotiated settlement.
“They (the US) were always saying that we want a treaty with Iran. Now they just withdrew from the [1955 Treaty of Amity] that we have with the United States because the International Court of Justice ruled against them,” Zarif said in an interview with Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera in New York released.
“That tells you that whatever you negotiate with this president and with this administration, they’re not going to be bound by it,” he added.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington is canceling a 1955 treaty with Tehran after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the United States to halt the unilateral sanctions it recently re-imposed on “humanitarian” supplies to Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington is canceling a 1955 Treaty of Amity with Tehran.
“I’m announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, this is a decision that is 39 years overdue,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.
The Hague-based ICJ, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, announced its ruling on Wednesday regarding the July lawsuit brought by Tehran against Washington’s decision to re-impose unilateral sanctions following the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.
Iran’s lawsuit argued that the sanctions violate the terms of the 1955 Treaty of Amity between Iran and the US. It also called on the court to order Washington to immediately suspend the measures.
The decisions of the ICJ – which rules on disputes between UN member states – are legally binding and cannot be appealed.