USA: Pompeo slams ICC as 'kangaroo court,' announces sanctions

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its attempts to investigate the US and allied forces for possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan and other countries, in Washington, DC on Thursday. «We cannot, we will not stand by as our people are threatened by a kangaroo court, and indeed I have a message to many close allies around the world: your people could be next,» stressed Pompeo. Talking about the sanctions earlier authorised by US President Donald Trump, Pompeo said, «We have responded the way a responsible nation must by condemning the investigation, by suspending cooperation with the court and denying visas to those most directly responsible for going after our personnel.» Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper commented on the issue, reassuring Americans that «the men and women of the United States armed forces will never appear before the ICC and nor will they ever be subjected to the judgments of unaccountable international bodies.» The International Criminal Court is an intergovernmental organisation located in The Hague in the Netherlands overseeing international law since its creation in 2002.
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