Prof. Julian Ku Quoted in New York Times Story on US Withdrawal From 1955 Treaty With Iran

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

U.S. Withdraws From 1955 Treaty Normalizing Relations With Iran
By Edward Wong and David E. Sanger
The New York Times
Oct. 3, 2018

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the United States was pulling out of a six-decade-old treaty with Iran that had provided a basis for normalizing relations between the two countries, including diplomatic and economic exchanges.

The largely symbolic move came hours after the International Court of Justice ordered the United States to ensure that a new round of American sanctions imposed against Tehran this year did not prevent food, medicine and aircraft parts from reaching Iran. …

“The treaty with Iran is a weird treaty,” said Julian Ku, a professor of constitutional and international law at Hofstra University Law School. “We haven’t been friends with Iran in a long time.”

Mr. Ku said there have been two other instances since the 1980s in which the United States withdrew from a treaty after an unfavorable ruling by the International Court of Justice. One was during the Reagan administration, in a case brought in 1984 by Nicaragua; the second was in 2005, when the George W. Bush administration lost a case brought by Mexico.

Marlise Simons contributed reporting from Paris, Alan Cowell from London and David M. Halbfinger from Jerusalem.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A8 of the New York edition with the headline: Asked to Respect Treaty With Iran, U.S. Scraps It Instead.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.