The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague promises not to be "deterred" by the threat of US sanctions.
"The ICC, as the Court of Justice, will continue his work undeterred in accordance with the principles and general idea of the rule of law , " said Tuesday the court through a statement.
The judicial body has recalled that it is an independent and impartial institution, and that it has the support of 123 countries.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda saidin 2017 "reasonable grounds to believe" that war crimes were committed in Afghanistan and said that all parties involved in the conflict, including members of the Armed Forces and the armed forces, should be examined. the US Central Intelligence Agency.
However, on Monday, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened to sanction the ICC if it opened an investigation into war crimes committed by the US. in Afghanistan , the latter nation invaded by the North American country in 2001.
Bolton said, in particular, that should a probe be launched into this, Washington would prohibit the entrance of the ICC magistrates into the US, sanction their assets in the US financial system and file complaints against them in the US. judicial system of the North American country.
Washington did not ratify the Statute of Rome that, in 2002, constituted the ICC, whose objective is to bring to justice those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Since then, the US government is conducting a multifaceted campaign against the ICC, arguing that the ICC can begin politically motivated prosecutions against US citizens.