The U.S. Breaks Up with Iran (Again) 💔

 Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool / Reuters

Kirill Kudryavtsev / Pool / Reuters

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The U.S. tore up a treaty with Iran this week dating back to 1955. Some have argued that the treaty normalized relations between the U.S. and Iran, while others noted it was a pointless treaty this whole time anyway since the two countries lack diplomatic ties. The termination of the treaty was seen as mostly symbolic.

Why the sudden move?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court, ordered that the U.S. remove sanctions regarding the import of humanitarian goods and services to Iran. Trump’s White House didn't like the order and ripped up a treaty from 1955 as a result.


LEANING LEFT:

NY Times: U.S. Withdraws from 1955 Treaty Normalizing Relations With Iran

Yahoo News/AFP: UN Court tells Iran to ease sanctions in blow for Trump

The left believes that the Trump administration's lack of a relationship with Iran and the Middle East at large will end up poorly for the U.S. These sources say that the Trump administration lacks control in the Middle East despite their attempt to issue sanctions. They claim that this will harm Trump's bid for reelection. 

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Pompeo Pulls out of Treaty with Iran, in response to courtruling

Hot Air: United Nations Order U.S. to lift Sanctions on Iran

The right claims that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had agency in this decision. They claim that since the Islamification of Iran’s government, the U.S.’s treaty has never been valid. They focus their attention on their belief that these anti-Iran moves are being done in the name of national security.


Is a relationship with Iran dead and why does it matter?

Despite the U.S. backing out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the EU is still very much supporting it. Iran is a sizable and powerful country of over 80 million people. Maintaining relations with the country to ensure peace in the Middle East is absolutely necessary. The biggest problem is they still don't get along with U.S. allies in the region - namely, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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