John Bolton threatens ICC with sanctions in virulent attack

National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Kyiv Ukraine on Aug. 24 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Kyiv Ukraine on Aug. 24 2018

The court is now considering prosecuting United States servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.

An ICC prosecutor requested in November 2017 to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the USA military in Afghanistan, especially over the abuse of detainees.

"Israel supports the American actions that are meant to clarify to the Palestinians that their refusal to negotiate and attempts to attack Israel in global forums will not promote peace", he added.

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".

The administration had told the Palestinians past year that closure was a distinct possibility unless they agreed to sit to down with the Israelis.

The next time Assad used chemical weapons on his own people was a new administration was in power, and Trump didn't bother rattling swords or making speeches - he ordered a missile strike.

"PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the USA government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise", the statement said.

The PLO denounced the decision to close its Washington offices.

The Administration announced Monday that it is closing the PLO's Washington office, citing lack of progress on peace negotiations.

But in a statement, Nauert accused Palestinian leadership of condemning and not cooperating with the Trump administration's forthcoming peace plan, orchestrated by President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States.




The Washington D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Nov. 18, 2017.

The move was, not surprisingly, praised in Israel, where a government official said the USA was taking a clear stance against the Palestinian refusal to negotiate.

The announcement follows other financial action this year by the Trump administration, including cutting off approximately $200 million in aid, which was announced last month, and cutting funding in January for a United Nations agency that helps Palestinians. For months, progress on this front has been devolving, with Israel refusing to deal with a side that is beholden to terrorists and the Palestinians deciding willy nilly that the U.S.

Mr. Abbas's call for an investigation of Israel by the ICC was consciously provocative, and the PLO's Washington office would have known that.

She said she had "a reasonable basis to believe" that such crimes had been committed. "This action should not be exploited by those who seek to act as spoilers to distract from the imperative of reaching a peace agreement".

If such a probe proceeds, the Trump administration will consider banning judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, put sanctions on any funds they have in the US financial system and prosecute them in the American court system.

The US response could include sanctions against ICC judges should such prosecutions proceed, Bolton warned.

French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement on Tuesday that the country will continue to cooperate and support the ICC financially along with the other European nations. We will not join the ICC. "We will not cooperate with the ICC". 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.

Bolton said the USA would "not sit quietly" if the ICC came after it, Israel, or other United States allies.

The US administration has said it will refuse to help worldwide prosecutors in any way with their investigations into alleged war crimes.

"Syrian officials also always tell us that they are against naturalizing Palestinian refugees", he said. Bolton, who worked in the Bush administration, helped to lead the USA diplomatic opposition to the court.

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