Mike Pompeo. AFP

Following the International Court of Justice ruling, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S. was terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran.

The treaty with Iran was among numerous such ones signed in the wake of World War II as the Truman and Eisenhower administrations tried to assemble a coalition of nations to counter the Soviet Union.

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Pompeo said; “This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue. In July, Iran brought a meritless case in the International Court of Justice, alleging violations of the Treaty of Amity.

“Iran seeks to challenge the United States decision to cease participation in the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose the sanctions that were lifted as a part of that deal.

“Iran is attempting to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions necessary to protect our national security.

“And Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit.”

The U.S. National Security Adviser, John Bolton, said the administration also was pulling out of an amendment to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that Iran or others, notably the Palestinians, could use to sue the U.S. at The Hague-based tribunal.

“The United States will not sit idly by as baseless politicised claims are brought against us,” Bolton said, citing a case brought to the court by the “so-called state of Palestine” challenging the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as the main reason for withdrawing.