Washington: US National Security Adviser John Bolton has announced that the US will use “any means necessary” to protect its citizens and allies from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“The US will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court including tariffs and prosecution,” Bolton said in a speech to the Federalist Society in here on Monday.

Bolton blasted the ICC as “ineffective, unaccountable”, “outright dangerous” and “contrary to American principles”, and said the US “would respond against the ICC and its personnel to the extent permitted by US law”, CNN reported.

“We will ban its financial system and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans,” said Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN.

Bolton said the US would “take note” of other countries’ cooperation with the ICC and “will remember that cooperation when settling US foreign assistance, military assistance, and intelligence sharing levels”.

He also said the administration “would consider taking steps in the UN Security Council” to “constrain” the Netherlands-based court, whose jurisdiction the US does not recognise.

Bolton also hailed the closure of the PLO office in Washington and said the US “will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel’s right to self defence”.

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