Trump's national security advisor John Bolton is expected to announce the closure in a speech Monday, along with the USA government's plans to impose sanctions on the ICC if it proceeds with investigations against the U.S. or Israel, The Washington Post reported, citing an advanced copy of Bolton's speech.
President Trump's national security advisor, John Bolton, spoke about the ICC during his visit Monday to the Federalist Society research group, in Washington.
Bolton said if the ICC carries out the investigation of US military actions in Afghanistan, the United States would ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the country, freeze any funds they have in USA financial institutions and attempt to prosecute them in US courts.
The U.S. has also been angered by a Palestinian bid to have Israel investigated for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. In particular, it says the ICC lacks jurisdiction because Israel is not a member of the court. Over the weekend, it announced it would cut $25 million in assistance for hospitals in east Jerusalem that provide critical care to Palestinian patients. "We will do the same for any company or state that assists in ICC investigation of Americans".
Washington's threats against the International Criminal Court (ICC) are evidence of American hypocrisy, as the United States is "continually calling for the heads of others" and doesn't actually care about human rights, analysts told RT. The U.S. Congress said in 2015-before Donald Trump became President-that the Secretary of State was required to certify that the PLO wasn't trying to use the ICC against Israel.
Bolton also announced that the USA would shut down the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Washington D.C, further deepening a rift with the Palestinian leadership.Bolton said he was delivering these views on behalf of President Trump. Bolton added that there "no evidence that the PLO office in Washington contributed to diplomacy" and argued the decision "will have ultimately a positive impact on the potential for discussion among the parties as it eliminates unrealistic expectations that at least some of the parties have".
"When will the global community say enough is enough & force U.S. to act like a normal state?" he asked.
The United States did not ratify the Rome treaty that established the ICC during the presidency of Republican George W. Bush.
The ICC aims to bring to justice the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The announcement of the closure, earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal citing unidentified White House officials, was expected to be made in prepared remarks by National Security Adviser John Bolton, the paper reported.
Ms. Bensouda submitted a formal request to start an investigation based upon a 2016 ICC report that found that us armed forces and the Central Intelligence Agency might have committed war crimes by allegedly torturing detainees.
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.
The PA shut off contact with the White House after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year.
And Trump sparked widespread anger in May after moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The United Nations General Assembly, however, voted in 2012 to recognize Palestine as what it calls a "member observer state".
While Bolton has been an outspoken critic of the court for decades - including when he served in the George W. Bush administration - the suggestion that the US would legally and financially retaliate against agents of the ICC is without clear precedent. Bush's successor, President Barack Obama, took some steps to co-operate with it.
Zomlot added shuttering the office is an affront to peace process and charged the US of "undermining the worldwide system of legitimacy and legality".
Palestinians have reacted with dismay to the USA funding cuts, warning they could lead to more poverty and anger, which are among the factors stoking their decades of conflict with Israel. Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.