United States President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise visit to the Bagram base in Afghanistan last November. He has moved to impose sanctions on International Criminal Court employees over the court’s investigation into alleged atrocities in the country [File: Olivier Douliery/AFP]

The International Criminal Court says United States President Donald Trump’s decision to impose sanctions on court employees investigating alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is not only an attack on the court and the system of international criminal justice, but on the interests of the victims of atrocities.

“These are the latest in a series of unprecedented attacks on the ICC,” the Hague-based court said in a statement.

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“These attacks constitute an escalation and an unacceptable attempt to

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