(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry announced that Iran has received the US letter for its exit from the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.
Less than two weeks ago, the US announced that it was terminating the Treaty on which Iran’s recent lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is based.
A few hours prior to this announcement, the ICJ had issued a preliminary ruling that the US must suspend its sanctions of medicine, food and agriculture, and civil aviation equipment for Iran on humanitarian grounds.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, responded by calling the US a “rogue regime”.
The 1955 Treaty of Amity was signed between Iran and the US two years after a CIA led coup in 1953 against Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh.
After the 1979 revolution in Iran, this was the only bilateral treaty that remained between the two countries for nearly four decades.
The two countries had filed lawsuits against each other at The Hague on a number of occasions based on the 1955 Treaty since 1979. The last of these went to the ICJ court last week with Iranian and American lawyers.
This was a lawsuit brought by Iran against the US for the freezing of around USD 2BN of assets belonging to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).
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