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"Measures hinder the international effort to ensure that atrocious crimes do not go unpunished," the ICC assured.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) Thursday rejected sanctions announced by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which seek to force the international body to abandon an investigation into possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan.
"These measures are unprecedented and hinder the international effort to ensure that atrocious crimes do not go unpunished," the ICC stated.
Washington's new threats "affect mainly the atrocious crimes' victims. They have in the Court the last hope for justice," ICC Assembly of States Parties' president O-Gon Kwon added.
Trump made the decision under the pretext that the investigation into possible U.S. crimes in Afghanistan is being carried out by an organization of dubious integrity.
The authorization of sanctions against the ICC comes amid Trump administration anger over the ICC’s efforts to look into alleged war crimes by US troops in Afghanistan. ICC judges authorized a probe into the alleged misdeeds in March. https://t.co/fvUGMP3kcA