U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize sanctions against the International Criminal Court is “a matter of serious concern,” said Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief.
The U.S. president on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against ICC employees involved in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
This “is a matter of serious concern, Borrell said, as you can understand, because we as the European Union are steadfast supporters of the International Criminal Court.”
Borrell said that “he learned this very bad news” during a video meeting – The ICC, he added, “is a key factor in bringing justice and peace, it must be respected and supported by all nations and we’ll analyze the decision in order to assess its full implications.”
The U.S. decision comes after Trump has withdrawn from a string of international agreements that are important for the EU including the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He’s also parted ways with the World Health Organization and pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council.