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The national security adviser is also planning to threaten the International Criminal Court in the same prepared remarks, saying the usa will impose sanctions against the organization if it investigates the us and Israel, the Journal reported.

He said the ICC lacked checks and balances, claimed "jurisdiction over crimes that have disputed and ambiguous definitions" and failed to "deter and punish atrocity crimes".

Bolton also threatened 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.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked the global court to investigate and prosecute Israeli officials for "their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people". "The ICC is already dead to us".

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki visited the ICC in May and called on it to open an immediate investigation.

The PA has since boycotted Trump's peace plan - the so-called "deal of the century" - chiefly authored by his son-in law Jared Kushner, whose family has been linked to the funding of illegal Israeli settlements. "Palestinian are disappointed. They have been let down by their occupation, the worldwide community, and their own leaders". "We will not join the ICC", he added.

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Erekat said in a statement on Monday that the PLO will take necessary measures to "protect the rights of our citizens living in the United States to access their consular services".

"In practice, however, the court has been ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright risky", he said.

Bolton went on to proclaim that the USA will not cooperate with the ICC, even financially.

The Palestinians say USA officials have notified them their mission will be closed, the latest in a series of American blows to the Palestinians. More than 120 countries are signatories to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, including Germany. It said the decision was also in line with USA law, a reflection of congressional concerns and consistent with US policy to oppose and punish Palestinian attempts to bring Israel before the ICC.

The closure of the PLO office - the latest in a series of moves targeting the Palestinians - was centered on the fact that no "direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel" are underway despite previous warnings, the State Department said.

The objective of the court is to bring perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide to justice.

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Trump , appearing at an unrelated event Wednesday at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed. Moving to squelch internet speculation, Pence's spokesman said the vice president did not write the article.

In announcing the closure, the State Department said it was "consistent with" concerns about Palestinian calls for an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court.

The Washington D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Nov. 18, 2017.

The court investigates and brings to justice people responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, intervening when national authorities can not or will not prosecute. More than 120 countries are members, however, the U.S., Russian Federation and China never signed onto the court - with then-President George W. Bush opposed to its establishment.

Trump last week ordered that $25 million U.S. earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem be directed elsewhere.

There has also been talk of adding "ecocide" to the list of crimes the court can prosecute, a move seen by Bolton as part of an unspoken agenda to intimidate decision makers in the United States and other democratic societies.

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