>> If the court comes after us, we will not sit quietly.>> In his first major address since joining the Trump White House, President Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton on Monday, issuing a stern warning to the International Criminal Court, saying it risks sanctions if it proceeds with a probe into alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan.
>> We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assist an ICC investigation of Americans.
>> Bolton and other conservatives have long condemned the ICC as an affront to US sovereignty. But supporters say the court, set up in 2002, is needed to deter global atrocities. The court is weighing an investigation into allegations the US Military and CIA personnel in Afghanistan operated secret detention facilities during the Bush-era war on terror.
>> The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our ally from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.>> Those allies include Israel. Bolton said the US will close the Palestine Liberation Organization Office in Washington over Palestinian attempts to launch an ICC investigation of that country.
In his remarks to the conservative Federalist Society, Bolton also warns Syria not to use chemical weapons against rebel forces, promising it would bring a tougher response compared to two previous airstrikes by the US and its allies.>> If there's a third use of chemical weapons, the response will be much stronger.
>> US officials say they have evidence that Syrian government forces are preparing chemical weapons ahead of a planned assault on a rebel enclave. Bolton cites the ICC's failure to act on previous chemical weapons attacks in Syria as evidence of the court's ineffectiveness.