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Ms. Wald said the world needs a permanent criminal court - “ad hoc courts serve their purposes well, but they come and go.”

Mr. Taft said the ICC “is not a great danger to the United States, and on the whole, I’m in favor of cooperating with them, instead of pretending they don’t exist, because they do things we believe in.”

“But we need to see another several years of operation and another prosecutor before we consider joining,” he said.