US pulls out of two int'l agreements after Iran, Palestine complained to ICJ

US pulls out of two int'l agreements after Iran, Palestine complained to ICJ
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The United States has pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about U.S. policies.

Addressing a news conference in Washington, US National Security Adviser John Bolton criticized ICJ tribunal as politicized and ineffective.   

He announced that the United States would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the ICJ.

Citing what he called Iran’s abuse of the ICJ, Bolton said the United States would also withdraw from the optional protocol under the 1961 Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.

The decision to withdraw from the optional protocol follows a complaint brought by the Palestinians in September, which challenged Washington’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his country is terminating a 1955 treaty between Iran and the United States after the UN's top court ruled against Washington's sanctions policy towards Tehran.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has criticized the US withdrawal terming the US as outlaw regime.

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