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Zarif commented on the decree trump the ICC

The Iranian foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the international criminal court blackmailing "gang" posing as diplomats after the information that the President of the United States Donald trump has signed a decree on sanctions against people associated with the court.

Earlier, the White house announced that trump signed a decree on sanctions against individuals associated with the investigations of the ICC in relation to military and other officials in the United States, accusing this international structure in biased investigations and corruption, and suspecting the influence of Russia.

The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in 2017 asked the judges to issue a permit for the investigation of alleged war crimes committed by the US military, the CIA and the Afghan security forces, and crimes against humanity committed by the radical Taliban. The ICC supported the request, giving permission.

This provoked immediate criticism from the United States. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called the court "is not a credible political institution masquerading as a legal person".

The United States in 2019, imposed visa restrictions against individuals associated with the investigations of the International criminal court in the crimes of the us military. A former adviser White house national security John Bolton criticized the investigation of the ICC, stating that this court "already dead" for the United States.