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Pompeo Previews Likely Visa, Financial Sanctions against ICC

Pompeo Previews Likely Visa, Financial Sanctions against ICC
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By Staff, Agencies

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday alluded to new US measures against the International Criminal Court [ICC] “in the coming days,” dropping hints that the retaliation could go beyond revoking visas to financial penalties.

In an interview with the American Enterprise Institute, Pompeo said, “You’ll see in the coming days a series of announcements not just from the State Department, from all across the United States government, that attempt to push back against what the ICC is up to,” he said.

“I think that the ICC and the world will see that we are determined to prevent having Americans and our friends and allies in ‘Israel’ and elsewhere hauled in by this corrupt ICC.”

The Trump administration previously rescinded ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s visa for traveling to the US and has explicitly threatened other measures, including sanctions.

It is unclear how far the potential US financial might extend, whether only to accounts within the US or also to pressing European allies regarding ICC personnel.

These measures against ICC personnel came in response to its position against the US for torture of detainees in Afghanistan in 2003-2004 as well as Bensouda’s push for a full criminal war crimes probe of ‘Israelis’ regarding the settlement enterprise and the 2014 Gaza War.

The timing also connects the ICC decision to a potential decision by the Zionist entity, supported by the US, to annex portions of the occupied West Bank in July.