Trump Administration To Close Palestine Liberation Organization Office In D.C.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem

As for the ICC, Bolton questioned the legitimacy of the court and warned that the USA would thwart any attempt by its prosecutors to open investigations into Americans for alleged war crimes and other abuses in conflicts in Afghanistan or elsewhere.

National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday made the unprecedented move of threatening the International Criminal Court if it follows through with investigations of alleged war crimes committed by USA troops and intelligence officials in Afghanistan.

Bolton said the U.S. would "take note" of other countries' cooperation with the ICC and "will remember that cooperation when settling USA foreign assistance, military assistance, and intelligence sharing levels". We will not join the ICC. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at the United States for launching a blistering verbal attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying the boorishness of this rogue USA regime seems to know no bounds.

The United States will negotiate agreements with countries to prohibit them from surrendering a USA citizen to the ICC, Bolton said.

More than 120 countries are members, but superpowers - including the US, Russia and China - have not signed up.

It said the PLO office in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel's right to self-defense".

Bolton said the court should not have jurisdiction over Americans or people from other nations that never ratified the treaty that created the court in 2002.

The ICC was established by the Rome Statute in 2002, but the United States did not ratify it as President George W Bush opposed the body.

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But still, the virulent attack on the International Criminal Court that national security adviser John Bolton made today at a meeting of the conservative Federalist Society was notably over the top.

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

The ICC declaration is the latest in Trump administration actions to remove the United States from global entanglements that do not benefit America or its citizens, including withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement and ending membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Palestine Liberation Organization, however, described the development as pressure tactics from the US.

A statement Tuesday from The Hague based court said, "The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law".

PA spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud said in a statement that the closure of the PLO office "is a declaration of war on efforts to bring peace to our country and the region", and further encourages the Israeli occupation violations against Palestinian human rights in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

During his speech, Bolton said this move was linked to concerns in Washington over Palestinian attempts to see Israel punished for alleged crimes in the ICC.

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

And Trump sparked widespread anger in May after moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We will sanction their funds. we will prosecute them. Bush's successor, President Barack Obama, took some steps to co-operate with it. The speech came as the USA took a related action by shutting down the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in DC.

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