Trump Cancels Treaty With Iran Over Humanitarian Aid

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The International Court Of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the United States to ensure that Trump's sanctions on Iran do not hit humanitarian aid or civil safety goods.

The court ruled that sanctioning humanitarian goods and aid would violate the 1955 Treaty of Amity, a treaty that sought to normalized relations between the two countries after the CIA sponsored a coup by opening access to commercial markets and courts.

The Trump regime has now responded to the court's ruling by withdrawing from the treaty and more.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 1955 Treaty of Amity was long overdue and followed Iran “groundlessly” bringing a complaint with the International Court of Justice challenging U.S. sanctions on the basis that they were a violation of the treaty.

Officials said the administration also will withdraw from 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. A White House announcement was expected, and the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t publicly authorized to discuss the development. [...]

“The Iranians have been ignoring it for an awfully long time, we ought to have pulled out of it decades ago,” he told reporters at the State Department.

It is true that the 1955 treaty has not been relevant since at least 1979 when Iranians overthrew their government, so withdrawing from it now is largely symbolic, but that's the point

It's suppose to be symbolic. This is a clear signal that the Trump regime wants to roll back all relations with Iran. Withdrawing from the nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions was just the first step.

The rest of the world, however, is not playing ball with Trump. The European Union is taking measures to ensure that their businesses can avoid Trump's sanctions and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has certified that Iran is still complying with the terms of the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Look, it's not as if I believe Iran is an innocent actor who can do no wrong, but we have no standing here. Regarding this matter, Donald Trump and the country he unfortunately speaks for is full of shit. The whole world knows we're full of shit.

Even if you believe the Iranians are an insidious force, Trump is thoroughly handing the international moral high ground over to them. They'll be untouchable by the time Trump is finished if they aren't already.

  • muselet

    The United States has been ordered by the ICJ:

    to “remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from the measures on 8 May to the free exportation to the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran” of:

    • medicines and medical devices

    • foodstuffs and agricultural commodities

    • spare parts, equipment and services necessary for the safety of civil aviation

    In response, the Trump administration raged, stamped its feet, and took its ball and went home. Because that’s the way a global superpower acts, apparently.

    I detect the cloven hoof of John Bolton in this, a man who hates the United Nations and desperately wants a war with Iran.

    Whether this administration likes it or not, Iran is a sovereign nation that acts in its self-interest, not to mention it’s a regional superpower. Engagement is a much more sensible approach than unjustifiable sanctions and alienating allies.

    But the Trump administration doesn’t do sensible. Alas.


    • But the Trump administration doesn’t do sensible anything rational, ever.