John Bolton: U.S. to Desert ‘Outright Dangerous’ International Criminal Court

John Bolton: U.S. to Desert ‘Outright Dangerous’ International Criminal Court

John Bolton: U.S. to Desert ‘Outright Dangerous’ International Criminal Court

US national security adviser John Bolton blasted the International Criminal Court Monday, calling it "contrary to American principles", "outright dangerous" and "ineffective".

"The International Criminal Court unacceptably threatens American sovereignty and U.S. national security interests", he said during a speech at a Washington think tank.

Last November, the ICC prosecutor requested authorization to investigate war crimes and detainee abuse allegations against US servicemembers and intelligence professionals in Afghanistan. Their leadership has already roundly rejected those moves, saying the US has lost its role as a peacemaker because of it.

The US, which has been critical of the ICC since it was established, is among dozens of nations not to have joined the court. He warned the ICC, which the U.S. hasn't joined, that it could face penalties if it "comes after us, Israel or other USA allies".

Erekat-who was notified of the forced closure ahead of the public announcement-told the Washington Post the move will not deter ICC probes, and that within 48 hours, Palestinians will submit a new complaint about the Israeli Supreme Court's decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in East Jerusalem.

More "binding, bilateral agreements" would be signed to stop countries submitting U.S. citizens to the court's jurisdiction.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Washington DC office Monday and said the PLO 'has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel'.

Akwei said Bolton's rhetoric and threats toward the ICC "sends a unsafe signal that the United States is hostile to human rights and the rule of law".


ICC judges could be banned from entering the United States while their money will be sanctioned in the USA financial system.

It was a predictable step for an "America First" administration that does not acknowledge worldwide institutions, treaties, or norms as reflecting US values or interests.

Regarding the ICC, Mr Bolton described the court, based in The Hague, as "illegitimate". The department noted the decision "is also consistent with administration and congressional concerns" over Palestinian requests that the ICC investigate Israel.

The court is now considering prosecuting U.S. servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan. "We will consider taking steps in the U.N. Security Council to constrain the court's sweeping powers, including to ensure that the ICC does not exercise jurisdiction over Americans and the nationals of our allies that have not ratified the Rome Statute", he intends to say, according to The Guardian. 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 action against the PLO is the latest in a series of measures by the Trump administration against the Palestinian leadership.

Mr Bolton said: "We will not co-operate with the ICC".

The State Department said the USA step - the latest in a series targeting the Palestinians - came after a review of the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization centered on the fact that no "direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel" are underway despite previous warnings.

The Palestine Liberation Organization's office has served as a de facto embassy for the Palestinian people.

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