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ICC responds to US sanctions threats

Sept. 11, 2018 5:12 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 13, 2018 1:44 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- In response to threats by the United States National Security Adviser John Bolton, the International Criminal Court in Hague said, on Tuesday, that it would "continue to do its work undeterred."

On Monday, Bolton had threatened ICC judges with imposing sanctions if they proceed with a probe into reported war crimes by the US in Afghanistan.

Bolton's threats said that if such an investigation was launched, the US administration would consider banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, in addition to sanctioning funds they have there and prosecuting them in U.S. courts.

The court said in a statement that it is an independent and impartial institution with the backing of 123 countries.

The statement added that "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."

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister criticized the absence of an international response to US threats via his official Twitter account, on Tuesday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said "the US threatens to impose sanctions on the ICC & even prosecute its judges in American courts. Where is the outrage?"

"The boorishness of this rogue US regime seems to know no bounds," he added.

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