The drums of war are beating over Iran and Syria as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday morning responded to the United Nations' top court ordering the US to lift sanctions on "humanitarian" goods to Iran. Pompeo made a series of threatening statements targeting Iran as well as Syria, which also comes after the latter received delivery of Russian S-300 anti-air defense missiles early this week.
Pompeo said in his State Department press briefing, "I'm announcing that the United States is terminating the 1955 treaty of amity with Iran. This is a decision that is 39 years over due."
He was referencing a 1955 "friendship treaty" or so-called Treaty of Amity which had been established long before the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought the Ayatollahs to power.
In July Tehran had pulled the US before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to demand that the UN immediately suspend economic sanctions leveled by Washington after Trump ordered US pullout of the 2015 nuclear deal and the reimposition of far-reaching rounds of sanctions targeting Iran's energy and other vital sectors.