The US secretary of state said, “the United States remains committed to protecting its personnel from the International Criminal Court’s wrong-headed efforts spearheaded by a few grandstanders.”
United States secretary of state Michael Richard Pompeo said that “the United States respects the decision of those nations that have chosen to join the ICC (International Criminal Court), and in turn, we expect that our decision not to join and not to place our people under the court’s jurisdiction will also be respected.”
Clarifying United States policy on the ICC, Mr. Pompeo in a statement said, “On March 15, we announced a policy restricting issuance of visas to any and all ICC officials determined to be directly responsible for an ICC investigation of U.S. personnel, or of allied personnel without our allies’ consent. We will remain vigilant in applying this policy.”
“The United States remains committed to protecting its personnel from the ICC’s wrong-headed efforts spearheaded by a few grandstanders,” the secretary of state said.
The International Criminal Court founded in 2002 as a permanent international criminal court to “bring to justice the perpetrators of the worst crimes known to humankind – war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide”, when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so.