The US has imposed sanctions on certain senior officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, have been listed as Specially Designated Nationals and are therefore subject to asset freezes and other restrictive measures.

In announcing the sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the ICC of targeting Americans and claimed that Bensouda was materially assisting this effort. The measures come after the ICC announced earlier this year that it would be opening an inquiry into war crimes committed by all sides in Afghanistan.  The US also opposes ICC scrutiny of potential crimes committed by Israel against Palestinians as part of an investigation that also looks at abuses carried out by Palestinian security forces.