Iran urges UN to condemn ‘criminal act’ by US

Iran public mourn Qassem Soleimani death

ran’s UN ambassador is urging the body’s Security Council to condemn what Tehran calls “a criminal act” of “state terrorism” by the United States that led to “the horrific assassination” of the country’s top military commander.

Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi says Major General Qassem Soleimani played “a significant role” in helping some countries “in combating and defeating the most dangerous terrorist groups”, including the Islamic State.

In letters sent on Friday to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council president, Mr Ravanchi says the US air strike targeting Soleimani “clearly invalidates the claim of the United States that it is fighting terrorism”.

The Iranian ambassador says the Security Council must “uphold its responsibilities and condemn this unlawful criminal act”.

The chances of that happening, however, are virtually nil because the United States would almost certainly veto any condemnation.

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