The International Court of Justice has ordered
the United States to ease sanctions on Iran for humanitarian reasons. The decision is a blow to the Trump administration
which re-imposed the sanctions after pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The ruling mandates that Washington does not
restrict the export of humanitarian goods, including food, medicine and aviation safety
equipment. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected
the decision, saying the ICJ has no jurisdiction. He also announced that the U.S. is terminating
a 1955 friendship treaty with Iran. Tehran welcomed the ICJ’s ruling, saying it
confirmed the illegitimacy and oppressiveness of the U.S.