In a Monday speech at the Federalist Society, National Security Advisor, John Bolton criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) and threatened sanctions against the legal body, calling it "illegitimate".
National Security Advisor John Bolton, a long-time critic of the worldwide tribunal, warned in a speech on Monday that the US will use "any means necessary" to protect its citizens and those of its allies from what he described as "unjust prosecution".
Bolton's remarks come almost a year after the ICC prosecutor asked to investigate alleged war crimes committed by USA service members and intelligence officials who served in Afghanistan.
As US National Security Advisor John Bolton said the ICC is "dead to us" in response to a probe into US war crimes in Afghanistan, worldwide criminal lawyer Christopher Black told RT that American hypocrisy is clearly "without limits". Palestinian officials say the reason given for the closure was their campaign at the ICC. Refusing to cooperate with the ICC because you think it sets a bad precedent for national sovereignty is one thing. "We will not join the ICC", he added. "We will let the ICC die on its own", Bolton said. The U.S. Congress said in 2015-before Donald Trump became President-that the Secretary of State was required to certify that the PLO wasn't trying to use the ICC against Israel.
The United States says it will shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) diplomatic office in Washington, DC over the Palestinian Authority's refusal to enter into US-brokered negotiations with Israel, the latest in a series of measures against the Palestinian leadership.
It said the PLO office in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The State Department said the Palestinians had refused to engage with either the United States or Israel and of rejecting outright a still unseen USA peace plan.
The Rome statute that created the ICC was signed by the Clinton administration but it had concerns about the scope of the court's jurisdiction.
The court investigates and brings to justice people responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, intervening when national authorities can not or will not prosecute.
The Hague-based court could face tariffs and prosecution if it continues to threaten us interests, Bolton added.
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Mr Bolton said neither Afghanistan nor any government signatory to the ICC's statute had requested an investigation.
The Trump administration dramatically ratchetted up its rhetoric by threatening sanctions if the court pursues investigations against the U.S., Israel or other allies.
Palestinians have reacted with dismay to the US funding cuts, warning that they could lead to more poverty and anger - among factors stoking their decades of conflict with Israel.
"To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a USA peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise".
Bolton said the U.S. remained committed to negotiating a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.
And Trump sparked widespread anger in May after moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Barack Obama announced a policy of cooperation with the I.C.C.as an observer nation. But in practice, according to Bolton, the court's biggest supporters have used it as a tool to constrain the United States.
The Trump Administration is blowing the whistle on the Palestine Liberation Organization, and it would be hard to identify a more overdue reality check in USA foreign policy.
Palestinian flags fly at the office in Washington.