WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- Washington is concerned by reports that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are using rape as a weapon of war, the U.S. secretary of state said.
A column in Foreign Policy magazine reported in April that Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, told the U.N. Security Council that Gadhafi was handing out Viagra tablets to his forces to encourage them to rape women.
Rice said forces loyal to Gadhafi were "issuing Viagra to his soldiers so they go out and rape."
The International Criminal Court, which is investigating possible Gadhafi war crimes, said it has evidence of widespread and systemic rape in Libya.
"Gadhafi's security forces and other groups in the region are trying to divide the people by using violence against women and rape as tools of war, and the United States condemns this in the strongest possible terms," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement issued from Washington.
The U.N. Security Council referred Gadhafi to the ICC and sanctioned international military force in Libya to protect civilians from attacks by his loyalists.