John Bolton threatens ICC with sanctions in virulent attack

John Bolton threatens ICC with sanctions in virulent attack

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Bolton pledged that the us will not let global bureaucrats determine what actions are justifiable when it comes to defending the country from its enemies.

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.

In the 15-year history of the ICC, nearly all of its cases under investigation or prosecution involve Africans, as many of them were referred to the court by signatory countries.

Led by Gambian prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the ICC said in November that all legal criteria had been met to open a war crimes investigation into the US -led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. All four are states parties of the ICC.

The allegations involved secret detention facilities in Afghanistan and other nations allied with the United States.

If the global body doesn't listen, the Trump administration could ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the country.

It has yet to move to the next stage and open a full-blown investigation which could possibly lead to charges.

For decades, the people of Afghanistan have endured the scourge of armed conflict.

Bolton did not clearly specify why the Trump administration made a decision to withdraw support from the ICC today.

"We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans".

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, Bolton sought and received permission to travel to NY to ceremonially "unsign" the document at the United Nations. However, no United States peace plans have yet to be put forward even as Trump has promised an "ultimate deal", a proposal the administration says is being led by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior aide. However, some of the alleged ill-treatment continued until 2014, well into the presidency of Barack Obama.

Response pledged if USA levies new tariffs
Many products purchased by consumers, such as refrigerators, spark plugs and furniture, are among the potential targets. Meanwhile, Chinese state media have been pushing propaganda that Trump's trade war is aimed at containing China's rise.

Still, the United States never joined the court.

[W] ith Mr. Bolton back in power, the White House has swung back to the language of 2002 and 2003.

The U.S. "will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel", Bolton plans to say in his prepared remarks, the Journal reported, citing a draft it had reviewed. "The U.S. would do better to finally understand that the Palestinians will not surrender, and that no amount of coercion or unwarranted collective punitive measures will bring the Palestinian leadership or people to their knees".

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Monday, September 10, said the USA would use any available means to cushion its nationals from ICC terming it as an illegitimate institution.

The court announced in November 2016 that a preliminary examination of the war in Afghanistan had found a "reasonable basis" to believe that American forces had committed war crimes of torture and related ill-treatment. Bolton rejected the claims as "utterly unfounded" and unjustified.

This was a speech soaked in fear and Bolton sounded the message, once again, that the United States is intimidated by global law and multilateral organizations. Refusing to cooperate with the ICC because you think it sets a bad precedent for national sovereignty is one thing.

He said the PLO leadership has instead "condemned a yet-to-be-seen United States peace plan and "refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise". His main objection is the notion that the ICC could have higher authority than the U.S. constitution and United States sovereignty.

"The US threats against the ICC (are) a coup against the rules-based global system", Erekat. We will not join the ICC.

The Palestinian leadership cut off contact with the Trump administration after the United States president recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. "And this Administration will not", he declared.

The ICC, headquartered in the Netherlands, is a group of 120 nations committed to investigating and trying those charged with the "gravest crimes of concern to the global community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression".

Bolton described the ICC as antithetical to American values and a threat to U.S. sovereignty and national security.

Related Articles

  • Fuel prices rise again, petrol nears Rs 90 in Mumbai

    Fuel prices rise again, petrol nears Rs 90 in Mumbai

    In Kollam, agitated Congress workers protested outside the Head Post office, demanding that it should be closed. The need of the hour is for different parties to set aside their differences and come together.
    Hurricane Florence Prompts Mandatory Evacuations In Virginia

    Hurricane Florence Prompts Mandatory Evacuations In Virginia

    One, Hurricane Florence, is already cause 85-mph winds expected to become an "extremely dangerous" major hurricane. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".
    Aaron Rodgers says ‘I’m planning on playing’ vs. Minnesota after knee injury

    Aaron Rodgers says ‘I’m planning on playing’ vs. Minnesota after knee injury

    It was a valuable lesson for all the young players on Chicago's roster: Never assume a game is won until the final whistle blows. But the offense was stalled again on fourth down as a sack-fumble put an end to a nightmare game that started like a dream.
  • Pence: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

    Pence: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

    I'm 100 per cent confident that no one on the Vice-President's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial . And I'm just not aware of instances where they've occurred and or where they would occur.
    Nicki Minaj Calls Cardi B a ‘Disgusting Pig’ After NYFW Fight

    Nicki Minaj Calls Cardi B a ‘Disgusting Pig’ After NYFW Fight

    Minaj then took her beef with the former reality star a step further and played a clip of Cardi B saying: "Nothing is off limits". Cardi B was later photographed with a large bruise above her right eye as she left the party.
    Turkish border closed as Syrians flee fighting in Idlib Province

    Turkish border closed as Syrians flee fighting in Idlib Province

    The Trump Administration has already twice responded to Assad's chemical attacks with military force. Trump called any gas attack a potential "grave humanitarian mistake".
  • Booker to undergo hand surgery, expected to miss start of camp

    Booker to undergo hand surgery, expected to miss start of camp

    Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will reportedly undergo surgery on his right hand, per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Booker was being bothered by his hand in the final weeks of last season which is why he opted to sit out the final 12 games.
    Jon Gruden throws all the blame on Khalil Mack

    Jon Gruden throws all the blame on Khalil Mack

    But ahead of the Raiders' first game of the season, head coach Jon Gruden had some choice words about Mack's holdout in Oakland. He along with Mack landed awkwardly on Rodgers' left knee, which knocked him out for the rest of the first half.

    Trump plans to CLOSE the PLO's Washington headquarters

    Trump's decision to close the offices is just one of several punitive measures taken against the Palestinians in recent weeks. On Sunday, Trump also ordered that $25m earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem be directed elsewhere.
  • Obama campaigns in California urging voters to 'restore' sanity in politics

    Obama campaigns in California urging voters to 'restore' sanity in politics

    Obama also reminded voters that the economic recovery - one of Trump's favorite talking points - began on his watch. It's unclear how he's managed to get this far without saying it, but he has.
    Florence roars back to hurricane status

    Florence roars back to hurricane status

    North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency in preparation for the potential impact of Florence. Florencewill probably create more wind than Hurricane Hugo and more water than Hurricane Matthew, McMaster warned.
    Hurricane Florence Is Now a Category 3 Storm

    Hurricane Florence Is Now a Category 3 Storm

    The hurricane's impacts could range from a strong storm surge to flooding from torrential rainfall and hurricane-force winds. The now category 2 storm is expected to slam the east coast this week as a possible category 4 hurricane .