Assassination of Gen. Soleimani Act of Terrorism: Iran’s Zarif Tells UN Chief

wilayattimes (Iran)

Tehran:Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed the repercussions of the US’ move to assassinate the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Qassem Soleimani.

In a telephone conversation on Friday night, Zarif described the US regime’s move to assassinate Major General Soleimani as “a terrorist action”.

“Given the great popularity of Major General Soleimani among the region’s people because of his role in the fight against terrorist groups, his martyrdom has effects and consequences that cannot be controlled by anyone,” Zarif stated.

“The US terrorist regime” is responsible for all the repercussions of the assassination, the top diplomat stressed.

The UN secretary-general also voiced concern over the US move and said it would heighten tensions in the region.

Major General Soleimani, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi, and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.

The White House and the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.