The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body “unaccountable” and “outright dangerous” to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be “an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation.”
“If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly,” Bolton said, specifying travel bans and financial sanctions as possible tools to use against ICC judges and prosecutors who target US, Israeli and other allied citizens.
“We will not cooperate with ICC, provide no assistance to the ICC and we will certainly not be joining the ICC.”
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