US Withdraws From International Accords, Says UN Tribunal ‘Politicized’

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US Withdraws From International Accords, Says UN Tribunal 'Politicized'

A view of Jerusalem. FILE IMAGE: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters

On October 3rd, the US exited an amendment to the Vienna Convention focused on dispute resolution following Palestinian decision to sue Washington in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The US also pulled out of another treaty, due to the Hague-based tribunal’s ruling in favor of Iran.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton condemned the UN tribunal as “politicized and ineffective,” while announcing that the US would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the ICJ.

“This is in connection with a case brought by the so-called state of Palestine, naming the United States as the defendant, challenging our move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

After being asked why the US did not recognize Palestine as being a state, he said that it “does not meet the international law test of statehood.”

The decision follows the Palestinian’s case challenging Washington’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinians argued that the U.S. government’s placement of its embassy in Jerusalem violated an international treaty and that it should be moved. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki defended the suit, saying Palestine would “defend our rights and our people without hesitation, rejecting all forms of political and financial extortion.”

Following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the embassy there, the Palestinians cut off all diplomatic dialogue with the US, refusing to take part in any peace talks with Israel, in which the US under Trump is involved. Recently, the US shuttered the Palestine Liberation Organization’s embassy in Washington and expelled its diplomats and their families.

On September 26th, following the United Nations General Assembly, Trump, for the first time, expressed his support for the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians, however, criticized and refused his comments.

Earlier on the same day, the ICJ ruled in favor of Tehran, ordering the US to ensure that sanctions on Iran, a second batch of which is due next month, do not affect humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety.

Tehran argued that the US sanctions imposed following the May 8th withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal violated their 1955 Treaty of Amity. Washington responded by pulling out of the treaty.

Bolton said that due to “Iran’s abuse of the ICJ” the US would also withdraw from the “optional protocol” of the Vienna convention.

“We will commence a review of all international agreements that may still expose the United States to purported binding jurisdiction, dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice,” Bolton said. „The United States will not sit idly by as baseless politicized claims are brought against us.”

Regarding the ICJ decision, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US should have withdrawn from the Treaty of Amity decades ago and that the tribunal had no jurisdiction of sanctions that were essential to US security interests.

“Today marked a useful point, with the decision that was made this morning from the ICJ, this marked a useful point for us to demonstrate the absolute absurdity of the Treaty of Amity between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said.

Regarding the decision to exit the amendment, Pompeo had the following to say:

“This really has less to do with Iran and the Palestinians than with the continued consistent policy of the United States to reject the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, which we think is politicized and ineffective,” Bolton said.

“I’d like to stress,” he added, “the United States remains a party to the underlying Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and we expect all other parties to abide by their international obligations under the convention.”

In almost two years of presidency, Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a nuclear agreement between six powers and Iran, pulled out of a global climate accord, left the UN cultural agency, the UN Human Rights Council and threatened NATO military allies that the United States would “go its own way” if members did not spend more on defense.

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  • Rob

    Nightmare and isolation for US and UK in the world. LOL

  • I’m really not a fan of Ayatollah regime in Iran but what US is doing is really crazy.
    They scrapped deal with Iran alreay. Now they don’t respect ICJ decision. What will they tear apart next ?
    The US constitution ? Declaration of Independence ? The Bible ? All of above ?

    • seawolf

      They will tear apart their underwear and let them all hang out

    • Ivan Freely

      The US Constitution was torn apart a long time ago.

    • You can call me Al

      Have you been to Iran ?.

    • S Melanson

      The US constitution has been trampled on for so long there is not much left so no need to tear it up. In practice, US decisions and policy have not been guided by laws but by the principle that might makes right. One reason for huge US military budget is to enforce this principle on the world. Law have one purpose which is to apply them selectively and they do not apply to the US at all – the US Is the law.

      Well this is all changing and this is a good thing, even for the US – to save it from itself.

  • John Whitehot

    the jewnazification of the US in full swing.

    • as

      Military draft bill anytime now. I believe would target from the bottom up of the poverty lines.

      • Empire’s Frontiers

        My greatest hope is to see the draft return to the US.

        • as

          Even if they returned elites wouldn’t get pulled into military service. But at least it could finally blow up the boiling anger perhaps. The frogs have been died hundred times over in it’s slow cooking pot.

          • Empire’s Frontiers

            We’d see the first draft with an interconnected population inured by comfort and electricity as no other time in human history. A real change would be felt across the nation.

            I described a few days ago a narrow band of cynicism that has grown in the west.

            I think the men and women of this narrow band won’t tolerate a draft in the way the rulers hope.

            I know I’ll die a rebel at home before I die becoming a criminal in a foreign land.

  • Rob

    Get out from Palestine wtf are you doing in Palestine.

  • Ivan Freely

    IMO, there is no such thing as binding laws especially when it’s foreign made. Some may bring up the words “International” to the table, but nations can always ignore it when that nation’s interest is at stake. And, national interests can also change over time. International agreements signed years ago, does not guarantee it will be followed in the future. A nation’s laws, culture and values are never static, nor timeless.

    • You can call me Al

      You do know that when it was called International laws and you are signatory yo that law, it means that you have a say (especially with the US) to assist in writing that law,from the outset or modify it before signing. In fact Ivan, your comment shows American ignorance.

      • Ivan Freely

        And what about my point of changing interests? And the fact that nothing in life is static? Your comment shows globalists cabal intent.

        • You can call me Al

          Well, you pull out of the agreement – in this case, that should have been 15 years ago.

    • Concrete Mike

      Yeah but, you make a deal you have to stick with it. You cant make a deal and pull out as you wish, you cant go breaking agreements if you feel like it.

      This is a dangerous precedent. I sont like it

  • Tommy Jensen

    These International organs are onesided and allways against United States.
    They wont admit Americans also have feelings and see it nor hear it from an American´s point of view.
    Therefore we stay out folks. We stay out with our dollares that you envy and love so much…………..LOL.

    • Merijn

      The Dollar is nothing… even as Toiletpaper it sucks…every dollar you own is Debt….a waste of every tree they Chopped down to print this Filth…

  • Empire’s Frontiers

    There has never been a greater effort to destroy the meaning of the English language than when Americans simply begin making statements.

  • Merijn

    Holland arrested a couple of GRU-Officers that came to Holland to Hack the OPCW….it looks like the Dutch got their own Skripal case…..😂….Russia Did it! It was Russia….!

  • You can call me Al

    Just remember folks… ““the United States remains a party to the underlying Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and we expect all other parties to abide by their international obligations under the convention.” – whahahaha – the US has gone rogue and even more nuts than usual.

    Stop now Yanks, it makes no sense and you embarrass yourselves and you Country.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/CaiVJuZGvR8HK/giphy.gif

    https://cdn130.picsart.com/269374968005201.gif?c256x256

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      the problem with them is so far gone they no longer are coherent and repeating what others saying as the case of trumpet in the UN.

      • You can call me Al

        Agreed.

        Now stop being lazy and up or down tick my comment.

  • Concrete Mike

    Lol

    How can us say palestine does not meet imternational law as a state, when us doesnt follow any laws at all.

    Fuck you bolton you diseased walrus human crossbreed.

  • Barba_Papa

    The only international law that the US follows is might makes right. The rest just exist to pick and chose from as it sees fit. What else kind of behavior can one expect from a rogue nation?

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    The US has become perfectly Jewish, insofar as the US refuses to obey any law except its own.