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US blasts international court on Iran ruling, pulls out of 1955 treaty

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Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 10:55
US blasts international court on Iran ruling, pulls out of 1955 treaty

The Trump administration walked back its commitment to two international agreements Wednesday, withdrawing from a 63-year-old friendship treaty with Iran and limiting its exposure to decisions by the International Court of Justice.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the US is withdrawing from a 1955 "Treaty of Amity" with Iran after Tehran successfully made an international complaint that Washington had violated that accord.
And national security adviser John Bolton, citing Iran's "abuse of the ICJ," said the US would withdraw from the "optional protocol" under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
"We will commence a review of all international agreements that may still expose the US to purported binding jurisdiction dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice," Bolton said. Palestinians also brought a complaint against the US to the ICJ in September, challenging the Trump administration's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.