The Iranian authorities said on Thursday that the United States should be held accountable for the death of General Qasem Soleimani in a January January bomb attack in Iraq after a United Nations rapporteur claimed Monday that it was an “illegal” act and “arbitrary execution.”
Iran’s permanent representative at the UN office in Geneva, Esmaeil Baqaei Hamané, emphasized that “the murder of Soleimani is an illegal act and a major crime that threatens world peace and security,” as reported by The Iranian News Agency More .
“The actions of the United States not only violate international law and the United Nations Charter, but also humanitarian law,” he said, explaining that the report presented by the UN rapporteur “cannot be” controversial.
Soleimani died on January 3 along with number two of the People’s Mobilization Forces (FMP) – a coalition of government-backed Iraqi militias supported by Tehran – Abú Mahdi al Muhandis and several Iraqi militiamen after whom Iran attacked several Iraqi military bases with U.S. Troops.