The US has threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it goes ahead with prosecutions against Americans.
The court is currently considering prosecuting US servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.
National Security Advisor John Bolton said the US would do everything “to protect our citizens”.
In a speech in Washington, Mr Bolton said: “If the court comes after us, we will not sit quietly.”
Judges and prosecutors with the International Criminal Court (ICC) would be barred from entering the US and their funds in the US would be sanctioned.
Giving his reasons for opposing the court, Mr Bolton cited the threat to “American sovereignty and US national security”.
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