Original title: the International Criminal Court responds to the US threat: we are not deterred.
US National Security Adviser Bolton has warned the International Criminal Court (ICC) that the United States will arrest and sanction judges or other officials of the International Court of Justice if the court investigates suspected US military war crimes in Afghanistan. The International Criminal Court responded to the US threat on the 11 th.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) said in a statement Tuesday that it is an independent and impartial institution supported by 123 countries and will "continue to operate without intimidation" in the future, Reuters reported.
Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, said last year that there were reasonable grounds for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and that the International Criminal Court would review all parties to the conflict, including members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Speaking at a conservative group in Washington Monday, National Security Adviser Bolton threatened to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court if it pushed ahead with any investigation into suspected war crimes committed by U.S. and Israeli personnel. A famous judge carries out targeted sanctions.
"The United States will do whatever is necessary to protect our citizens and our allies from unfair prosecution by this illegal court." Bolton also announced the same day, the United States State Department will close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, and forced the International Criminal Court to stop the investigation of Israel.
Bolton said the ICC was "irresponsible" and "extremely dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies. "If the International Court of Justice comes at us, Israel or other U.S. allies, we will never sit back," he said. He also said the United States was prepared to impose financial sanctions and criminal charges against officials of the International Court of Justice if the Court further dealt with Americans.
Bolton pointed out that the United States government is most opposed to the International Court of Justice has higher than the United States Constitution and sovereignty argument. He said: "in secular terms, we do not recognize any higher authority than the constitution of the United States. The president will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign agencies, nor will he allow other countries to determine our means of self-defence.
It is reported that the International Criminal Court is located in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its main function is to prosecute and try individuals who commit genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. According to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which entered into force on 1 July 2002, the Court has jurisdiction only over the four international crimes mentioned above after the Statute has entered into force. Former US President Bill Clinton signed the Rome Statute on December 31, 2000, but George W. Bush cancelled it before Congress approved it. The Obama administration has taken some measures to cooperate with the organization. The Trump administration's top leaders boycotted the ICJ for the first time in the United States.
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