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US official threatens sanctions against International Criminal Court

The Trump administration threatened to impose sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it pursues investigations of Americans, according to The Telegraph.

John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said the U.S. would ban International Criminal Court judges from entering the country, target funds they hold in the U.S. and prosecute them in U.S. courts.

"We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans," he said, adding that countries could lose U.S. financial and military assistance and access to intelligence.

Bolton also said the State Department would shut down the Palestinian Liberation Organization's office in Washington because the group is seeking an International Criminal Court investigation of Israel.

"The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court," he said.

The U.S. has never recognized the International Criminal Court since its establishment in 2002 as the first permanent, independent tribunal with powers to investigate war crimes, genocide and other atrocities regardless of location, according to the report.