Biden Administration Could Work With Congress On ICC Sanctions — Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Monday, Oct 18, 2021 in the Treaty Room of the State Dept., in Washington. Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He had also been treated over the past few years for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. He was 84. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

US President Joe Biden’s administration is willing to work with Congress to potentially impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday.

The comments come after ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan requested that the court issue warrants for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as for three leaders of the Hamas militant group.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham asked of Blinken during a congressional hearing: “Will you support bipartisan effort to sanction the ICC, not only for the outrage against Israel but to protect in the future our own interest?”

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In response, Blinken said: “I welcome working with you on that.”

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US President Joe Biden has also criticized the prosecutor’s announcement, calling it “outrageous.”

Khan said in his announcement that he had reasonable grounds to believe that Netanyahu and Gallant “bear criminal responsibility” for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip.


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