Bolton To Set Out Tough U.S. Stance On International Criminal Court

Bolton To Set Out Tough U.S. Stance On International Criminal Court

Bolton To Set Out Tough U.S. Stance On International Criminal Court

Meanwhile, the Palestinian envoy to Washington said his staffers have been given a month to pack up after the US punished them for what the State Department called the Palestinian leadership condemnation of "a USA peace plan they have not yet seen". "We will sanction their funds in the USA financial system, and we will prosecute them in the USA criminal system", he said.

The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday, citing the refusal of Palestinian leaders to enter into peace talks with Israel. We will not join the ICC.

But while the USA is finally being put under a microscope by the ICC, its motivation to do so came only after "disastrous blows to the court" surrounding its prestige and credibility, after African countries threatened to withdraw from the ICC a year ago, Black said.

John Bolton is expected to outline the new policy in a speech that will also threaten ICC judges with sanction if they target Israel or the U.S. for its policies toward the Palestinians. Actions the US could take include banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering America.

The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge Americans or Israelis with war crimes.

They cut off contact with the USA administration after Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. Although the USA does not recognize Palestinian statehood, the PLO has maintained a "general delegation" office in Washington that facilitates Palestinian officials' interactions with the US government.

"These people have chose to stand on the wrong side of history by protecting war criminals and destroying the two-state solution", responded Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

In an interview Tuesday, she said: "Justice is not a luxury".

Reaction in Ramallah were harsh.

The move on Monday comes amid deteriorating ties between the two sides in the wake of US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital a year ago and the relocation of its embassy there.

In November 2017, the ICC requested authorization to investigate American service members and intelligence personnel for committing war crimes in Afghanistan.

"We stand firm in our decision not to cooperate in this ongoing campaign to liquidate our rights and cause".

"Weaponizing humanitarian and developmental aid as political blackmail does not work, " Ambassador Husam Zomlot said.

The closure is part of a series of steps the USA has taken that have been blows to the Palestinians.

"However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel", Nauert said.

The PA has since boycotted Trump's peace plan - the so-called "deal of the century" - chiefly authored by his son-in law Jared Kushner, whose family has been linked to the funding of illegal Israeli settlements.

The White House Official disclosed the USA has plans afoot to sign deals that will prevent countries from handing United States citizens to the court.

James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute, called the series of moves "a recipe for war".

Erekat added: "We reiterate that the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale, that we will not succumb to USA threats and bullying and that we will continue our legitimate struggle for freedom, justice, and independence, including by all political and legal means possible".

On Saturday, it was announced President Trump had cut $25million in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals, with that cash sent instead to 'high-priority projects elsewhere'.

He also warned the Trump administration will fight back if the court targets the nation or its allies.

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