Hillary Clinton Suggests U.S. Could Join War Crimes Court

August 6, 2009 - 5:50 AM
The U.S. formally rejected U.S. participation in the ICC in May 2002, something Hillary Clinton called regrettable. 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, with the help of 1998 bomb survivors, lays a wreath at Memorial Park in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. The event commemorates victims of the August 7, 1998 Embassy Bombings. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Nairobi, Kenya (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it is a "great regret" that the United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court.
 
Clinton spoke Thursday in Kenya during a seven-nation tour of Africa.
 
The court is the first permanent institution authorized to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so.
 
The U.S. formally rejected U.S. participation in May 2002. A main concern was that American servicemen hunting down terrorists abroad might not be safe from politically motivated prosecutions.
 
Clinton said it is "a great regret but it is a fact that we are not yet a signatory. But we have supported the court and continue to do so."