Tue. 10:09 a.m.: International court ‘undeterred’ by Bolton, US
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Criminal Court says today it will continue to do its work “undeterred,” despite National security adviser John Bolton’s condemnation.
Bolton asserted Monday the court “threatens American sovereignty and U.S. national security interests.”
The Netherlands-based court said in a statement today it was established by a treaty supported by 123 countries. It says it prosecuted cases only when those countries failed to do so or did not do so “genuinely.”
The court pledges to “continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law.”
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on his Twitter account today, “The US threatens to impose sanctions on the ICC & even prosecute its judges in American courts. Where is the outrage?”
He says, “The boorishness of this rogue US regime seems to know no bounds.”
Bolton on Monday denounced the legitimacy of the Netherlands-based court, which was created in 2002 to prosecute war crimes. Bolton says the U.S. “will not cooperate with the ICC.” He says “the ICC is already dead to us.”
Bolton’s speech came as an ICC judge was expected to soon announce a decision on a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by Afghan national security forces, Taliban and Haqqani network militants and U.S. forces and intelligence in Afghanistan.