Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and dozens of others it has accused of being behind the U.S. drone strike that eliminated Iranian Maj.
Trump is one of 36 people Iran has issued arrest warrants for in relation to the death of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), according to Fars, but the Tehran attorney general Ali Alqasi Mehr said Trump was at the top of the list.
Iran is seeking the help of Interpol and called for the France-based organization to put out a "red notice" on Trump and the other officials.
However, Alqasimehr stopped short of identifying anyone else sought other than Donald Trump but stressed Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his tenure as president.
Nearby authorities commonly make the arrests on behalf of the nation that requests it.
Interpol "would not consider requests of this nature", it said.
The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can put Government leaders on the spot and limit suspects' travel. That was one thing pointed out by Brian Hook, the US exclusive agent for Iran, who dismissed the announcement through a information convention in Saudi Arabia on Monday.
United States special representative Brian Hook said: "Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue Red Notices that are based on a political nature".
After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states.
Soleimani and other Iranian and Iraqi officials were killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad in January. Though Interpol is not required to make any of the notices public, regardless, some of them get published on its website. 1000's of Iraqis chanted "Death to America" as they mourned people killed in a USA drone assault that sparked fears of a regional proxy war in between Washington and Tehran.
The US special representative for Iran said the warrant was a propaganda stunt that nobody would take seriously.
The strike took the tension between the two countries to another level and was followed by Iran retaliating with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.