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Iran urges UN General Assembly to issue condemnatory resolution on Gen. Soleimani assassination

Iraqi people take part in a demonstration and a symbolic funeral for top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad, on January 1, 2022, commemorating the second anniversary of their assassination by the United States. (Photo by AFP)

Iran has called on the United Nations General Assembly to issue a resolution condemning the US assassination of the country’s top anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani to safeguard international peace and uphold human rights.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Legal Department of the Iranian president’s office marked the second anniversary of the assassination of General Soleimani, who arrived on a diplomatic visit in Baghdad, where he was targeted in a US drone strike.

The statement pointed out that former US president Donald Trump openly claimed responsibility for the heinous crime at the time, saying, “This dangerous move by the US government came while the UN Charter, as a fundamental document and basis of international consensus in the post-War period, prohibits governments from engaging in acts that are detrimental to international peace and security.”

It said the UN General Assembly should “take all legal initiatives within its authority, including the adoption of a resolution condemning the assassination of government and diplomatic officials by [another] government [and] take measures to prevent such crimes in the future.”

The statement also lamented the fact that the US government infringes upon international laws and regulations via its extreme unilateralism while the international community remains silent.

Undoubtedly, it continued, international peace will be even more in danger if the perpetrators of the terrorist attack are free to walk with impunity.

General Soleimani was assassinated near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. His companions, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who served as the deputy chief of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were also killed during the raid.

Early on January 8, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted the US-run Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar with a barrage of missiles in revenge.

Iran stresses that its retaliation is not over, with Iranian officials and commanders occasionally citing the expulsion of all American forces from the region as the ultimate revenge for General Soleimani’s blood.

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