Interpol will not comply with an Iranian request to issue a global red notice to arrest US President Donald Trump, the body told The National on Monday after Tehran's prosecutor announced charges against the American leader.
US soldiers clear rubble from a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar, Iraq, on January 13.
Soleimani was killed in a USA drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
Tehran Prosecutor General Ali Alqasi-Mehr said that 36 individuals have been identified in connection with the drone strike that killed Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani on January 3.
Iran will continue to pursue the matter even after Trump's presidency ends.
An Interpol Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.
Interpol has denied approving the Iranian request as the France-based organization reeks political vendetta.
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Notices can not force countries to arrest and extradite suspects. "Interpol would not consider requests of this nature".
Interpol's constitution forbids it to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial character.
United States envoy to Iran Brian Hook reacted to Tehran's announcement at a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, calling it a "political combination".
"This is propaganda that nobody takes seriously and which passes the Iranians for idiots", added Hook, now on tour in the Gulf. "It's a propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish".
The drone strike was ordered by the U.S. President, who said the general was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops.
Tehran responded January 7 with a rocket strike against two US bases in Iraq that injured dozens of USA forces there - an attack senior USA military officials say was created to kill Americans.