US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that differences between Washington and The Hague remain.
On Friday, the United States lifted sanctions against the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda. Visa restrictions imposed on some department employees in The Hague were also lifted.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the State Department’s decision is due to the “inappropriateness and ineffectiveness” of sanctions imposed earlier by the administration of former President Donald Trump.
Recall that last year; the Trump administration accused the ICC of encroaching on US national sovereignty after the court announced a possible investigation into the actions of the US military in Afghanistan.
The ICC has called the sanctions an attack on international justice and the rule of law. American human rights activists also criticized this decision. Richard Dicker, director of international justice at Human Rights Watch, called Trump’s decision a “blatant perversion” of the concept of sanctions.
According to Blinken, the United States continues to object to the ICC’s attempts “to assert jurisdiction over citizens of States that are not parties to the court, such as the United States and Israel.””
However, according to the Secretary of State, differences “are better resolved through negotiations with interested parties” rather than imposing sanctions.