U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

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

Mr. Bolton also announced that the United States would shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington - a decision linked to the International Criminal Court, which he said was being prodded by the Palestinians to investigate Israel.

Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said the United States would not "sit quietly" if the ICC came after it, Israel, or other U.S. allies.

It said the decision was also in line with USA law, a reflection of congressional concerns and consistent with US policy to oppose and punish Palestinian attempts to bring Israel before the ICC.

The Trump administration ordered a Palestinian representative office to close today, ending the near 25-year diplomatic presence of the PLO Mission in Washington DC.

"We reiterate that the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale, that we will not succumb to United States threats and bullying", Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said in a statement.

National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered his expected condemnation of the International Criminal Court on Monday, vowing to bring sanctions against the organization if it continues to investigate American activity in the Middle East. The PLO began as a terrorist organization but was allowed to open an office in Washington in 1994 after the Oslo accords produced hope for a new era of reconciliation between the PLO and Israel. In its second term, the administration moderated its position, agreeing to support the court in certain investigations-such as its investigation of the genocide in Darfur-while continuing to object strongly to purported ICC jurisdiction over Americans.

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He said the USA was prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans.

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

In response, the court issued a statement Tuesday saying it was "an independent and impartial judicial institution" created to "ensure accountability for crimes that shock the conscience of humanity".

While Bolton has been an outspoken critic of the court for decades - including when he served in the George W. Bush administration - the suggestion that the US would legally and financially retaliate against agents of the ICC is without clear precedent.

Palestinians have reacted with dismay to the US funding cuts, warning that they could lead to more poverty and anger - among factors stoking their decades of conflict with Israel.

John Bolton has obviously thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the ICC judges to go forward with the Afghan investigation.

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Bolton's speech comes after the ICC in November 2017 the ICC prosecutor asked to investigate crimes allegedly committed by members of the USA military who served in Afghanistan.

It was established by a Rome Statute adopted in 1998 to prosecute global crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed within the territory of signatories and nationals of signatory countries. Their leadership has already roundly rejected those moves, saying the US has lost its role as a peacemaker because of it.

Mr Bolton said neither Afghanistan nor any government signatory to the ICC's statute had requested an investigation.

He said Israel should be held accountable for its plans for the Khan al-Ahmar encampment, a West Bank hamlet that has focused attention on what critics say is the displacement of Palestinians by Israel.

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

He said, "We lost the USA administration but we gained our national rights".

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In 2016, the ICC said U.S. armed forces and the Central Intelligence Agency might have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afganistan. Actions the US could take include banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering America.

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