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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the United States would restrict visas of any International Criminal Court (ICC) staffers who investigate actions by U.S. military personnel.
The move signifies an effort by the Trump administration to increase pressure on the ICC over its proposed inquiry into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I am announcing a policy of U.S. visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of U.S. personnel,” Pompeo said in remarks at the State Department Friday morning. “This includes persons who take or have taken action to request or further such an investigation. These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allies consent.”
“If you’re responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of U.S. personnel in connection with the situation in Afghanistan, you should not assume that you will still have or will get a visa or that you will be permitted to enter the United States,” Pompeo said.
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 15, 2019
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 15, 2019
.@SecPompeo warns International Criminal Court the US may impose visa restrictions on those investigating Americans or allies for their actions in Afghanistan. “Don’t assume you’ll get a visa,” he serves notice on ICC.. Says US oversees its own. pic.twitter.com/QJfpuUPpjN
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 15, 2019
#BREAKING:Pompeo announces visa restrictions on anyone who requests ICC investigation of US personnel or of US allies – including Israel
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) March 15, 2019
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