The Trump administration has escalated its attacks on international organizations by threatening to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court if it attempted to investigate American citizens.
Announcing the move, US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday warned the ICC against continuing its investigation into war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.
If the international court continues to pursue the probe, Washington will ban ICC judges from entering the country, prosecute them and sanction their funds, the official said in a speech before the Federalist Society in Washington, DC.
“We will ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, sanction their funds in the United States financial system, and, prosecute them in the United States criminal system,” Bolton boomed.
All the US citizens, “operating in the service of the government” anywhere in the world, are subjects to the American justice system only, Bolton said. “On this Earth, we don’t recognize any authority higher than the US constitution.”
Bolton also ripped into the court’s threat to Washington’s “friend and ally” ‘Israel’ as he referred to the investigation into crimes against Palestinians.
The probe into actions of such a “liberal, democratic nation” as Israel is unacceptable, Bolton said.
Any countries supporting the investigation and cooperating with the ICC will be subject to secondary sanctions, Bolton warned.
He promised to “take notes” of the countries cooperating with the ICC, warning that such behavior will affect their relations with the US and might result in slashing the US aid to such nations.