U.S lifts sanctions from the International Criminal Court

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US lifts sanctions from the International Criminal Court

US President Joe Biden has annulled the presidential decree of the 44th US President Donald Trump to impose unilateral sanctions and visa restrictions on the International Criminal Court (ICC), TOPNEWS reports, citing US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

In June 2020, the United States imposed unilateral sanctions and visa restrictions against the ICC, following the court’s attempts to hold the United States accountable for war crimes in Afghanistan since 2002. Trump said the ICC is a biased structure mired in corruption and suspected it of doing Russia’s will.

According to Trump’s decree, those involved in the ICC lawsuits against US employees will be blocked from assets under US jurisdiction. Also, family members of the accused will be denied access to the United States.

The United States, like Russia, does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC, created in 1998.

Earlier, Joe Biden announced the resumption of US participation in negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal, from which the US was withdrawn by his predecessor Donald Trump.