UN Court Orders US to Lift Sanctions on Humanitarian Goods Into Iran

US withdraws from treaty, expected to ignore ruling

The US reacted angrily following a Wednesday ruling in which a top UN court ordered the US to lift sanctions on the shipping of humanitarian goods to Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the sanctions are a matter of national security, and the US is expected to ignore the ruling.

Iran challenged the sanctions at the World Court, in part citing a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the US and Iran. The US has withdrawn from the treaty after the ruling, saying they should’ve done so long ago.

The court in particular objected to US restrictions on airplane parts, warning the US was significantly threatening civilian aviation safety in Iran and the lives of people who fly.

US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra indicated that the US would ignore the ruling on the grounds that the “court has no jurisdiction.” The US has repeatedly condemned the World Court in recent months, in great measure because of the number of lawsuits the US faces at the court.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.