The European Union will defend the International Criminal Court against attempts to undermine it, a spokesman for the bloc said Thursday after Washington slapped sanctions on the Hague-based tribunal’s top prosecutor. The AFP news agency reports that Washington has long rejected the ICC’s jurisdiction over US citizens, but the court’s investigation into allegations of atrocities in Afghanistan has seen President Donald Trump’s administration turn low-level opposition into a concerted campaign against the institution with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissing the ICC as a “kangaroo court” and the US insisting it has its own procedures for investigating allegations against its troops.