US to sanction ICC judges if war crimes investigation goes ahead


The United States said it would target International Criminal Court judges with sanctions if The Hague-based judiciary body went ahead with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by U.S. citizens in Afghanistan.

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In what will be his first major address since joining President Donald Trump’s administration, U.S. national security advisor John Bolton will make a speech at the conservative Federalist Society in Washington announcing the U.S. position.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton will say, according to a draft of his speech as reported by Reuters.

“We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us,” says Bolton’s draft text.

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