The Iranian government on Monday issued an arrest warrant for United States President Donald Trump, and sought the help of Interpol for detaining Trump and dozens of other officials who it claims were responsible for carrying out a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad in January, AP reported.
Reportedly, Iran has also sought help from Interpol, asking the global criminal police organization to issue a "red notice" for Trump and the others.
Iran through Tehran prosecutor, Ali Alqasimehr, opined that Trump, along with more than 30 others, accused of involving in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, will face murder and terrorism charges. According to Alqasi-Mehr, Iran would pursue Trump's prosecution even after the expiry of his term as president.
Apart from Trump's name, Alqasimehr did not identify the other suspects.
The US had killed Soleimani in an airstrike in January this year. A red notice notably represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol.
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America's envoy to Iran Brian Hook called it a "propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously" at a news conference in Saudi Arabia, adding that the so-called warrant was political and had nothing to do with national security, worldwide peace or promoting stability.
"Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue red notices that are based on a political nature", he told a news conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Hook added, "This is a political nature. This has nothing to do with national security, global peace, or promoting stability.It is a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously".
On January 3, an airstrike by the United States at Baghdad's airport killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
The killing of Soleimani brought the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict after Iran retaliated by firing missiles at American targets in Iraq several days later.