Lesotho Expresses Concern at U.S. Sanctions on ICC Officials

The Lesotho government has expressed concern at a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on Phakiso Mochochoko, the International Criminal Court's director of jurisdiction, who is a Lesotho citizen. This is the latest in a series of unilateral and radical foreign policy moves by President Donald Trump's administration. Announcing the sanctions, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, did not provide any specific reasons for the move. However, the U.S. Treasury issued a statement saying that Mochochoko and the ICC's Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, have been deemed "specially designated nationals." The two have now been grouped alongside terrorists and narcotics traffickers, and have had their assets blocked. U.S. citizens have also been prohibited from having any dealings with them.

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