International Criminal Court threatened with US sanctions
The US has threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it goes ahead with prosecutions against Americans.
The court is currently considering prosecuting US servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.
National Security Adviser John Bolton called the court “illegitimate” and vowed the US would do everything “to protect our citizens”.
The US is among dozens of nations not to have joined the 2002-founded court.
He has long been an outspoken critic of the court but yesterday’s hard-hitting speech in Washington focused on two areas.
The first was ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request last year for a full investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, which would include any committed by US military and intelligence officials.
On this issue, Bolton said neither Afghanistan nor any government signatory to the ICC’s Rome Statute had made such a request.
The second was the Palestinian move to bring Israel before the ICC over allegations of human rights abuses in Gaza and the occupied West Bank – a move dismissed by Israel as politicized.