Iran Foreign Ministry Sets Up Headquarters on Gen. Soleimani’s Case


Iran Foreign Ministry Sets Up Headquarters on Gen. Soleimani’s Case

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a headquarters to pursue legal actions against the American assassination of top commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, a spokesperson said.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in the city of Isfahan on Thursday، Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said legal actions are underway to pursue the case of assassination of General Soleimani، who was martyred in a US airstrike in Iraq in early January.

While the Iranian Judiciary has taken a series of measures against the US for the assassination، the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a special headquarters to pursue those efforts، Mousavi added.

He further emphasized that the efforts to pursue the case of assassination of General Soleimani is on the agenda of all pillars of the Islamic Republic، saying the international organizations’ move to declare the US assassination illegal was a result of the diplomatic efforts by Iran.

In a recent report، Agnes Callamard، UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial، summary or arbitrary executions، underlined the “unlawful” nature of the operation، and said the US had failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike.

Also on Thursday، the rapporteur said the US has put the world at unprecedented peril with its assassination of the commander، warning that it was high time the international community broke its silence on Washington’s drone-powered unlawful killings.

On January 3، a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport assassinated General Soleimani، former commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. The attack -- that also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis، the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) anti-terror group، along with several others -- came while General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.

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