'Palestine' - it's not a state

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 1955 Treaty of Amity was long overdue and followed Iran "groundlessly" bringing a complaint with the International Court of Justice challenging us sanctions on the basis that they were a violation of the pact.

Earlier, Pompeo denounced the Iranian case before the United Nations court as "meritless" and said the Treaty of Amity was meaningless and absurd. Since then, the Trump administration has cut aid and shuttered the Palestinians' mission in Washington.

The Trump administration took additional steps on October 3 to further reject the purported binding authority of the global courts, while asserting the sovereignty of the United States on the world stage.

The US decision to leave the treaty, however, was prompted after the ICJ ruled in favor of Iran regarding US sanctions, which were applied against the country after the United States pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Bolton added his opinion on Palestine is the "position that the United States government has pursued uniformly since 1988".

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In response to a United Nations court order that the US lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said Wednesday it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the two countries.

He said it was related to a case brought by the Palestinians challenging the recent USA embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bolton also said the United States would withdraw from the "optional protocol" that gives the ICJ jurisdiction to hear disputes under the Vienna Convention. "We have consistently, across Democratic and Republican administrations, opposed the admission of "Palestine" to the United Nations as a state because it's not a state". In a preliminary ruling, according to an AP report, the court said that Washington must "remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from" the re-imposition of sanctions to the export to Iran of medicine and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities and spare parts and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation.

"We don't recognize it as the state of Palestine", Bolton said.

The actions were nearly entirely symbolic given that past US administrations, Democratic and Republican alike, have long ignored International Court of Justice rulings, as the Trump administration was certain to do as well.

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The Trump administration is reviewing all worldwide agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the global Court of Justice (ICJ), US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday, adding that the court is politicised and ineffective.

He noted that when countries try to pull the USA into the worldwide court, it's never to address a criminal matter.

The Trump administration plans to withdraw from an worldwide treaty provision that allows countries to sue the United States at the global Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. The U.S. stopped recognizing the court's compulsory jurisdiction in 1986.

After Trump expressed support for a two-state solution, Netanyahu said that based on his conversations with the president, he was confident that the Americans "understand" that Israel would not relinquish security control in the region as part of the creation of a Palestinian state.

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