Iran issues arrest warrant against Trump

Clay Curtis
June 30, 2020

"This is not an outcome that the UN Security Council can accept", Hook said at a joint news conference with Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs.

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January, Iranian news agencies reported on Monday.

The prosecutor said Iran had asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" for Trump and over 30 others.

Unless the United Nations renews the arms embargo on Iran, the Islamic Republic will exploit the UN inaction to escalate the arming of terrorists that will threaten the entire Middle East, Israel's UN ambassador said Monday.

The United States pulled out of the nuclear agreement in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions that have battered the Iranian economy.

He went on to say that Iran is serious about its defense and missile capabilities, adding, "All the progress of Iran in the field of defense has been achieved during the period of sanctions which indicates that we do not care about sanctions". The Trump administration is vehemently opposed to lifting the arms embargo. Gen Qassim Suleimani, an Iranian special forces commander who was killed by a USA drone in January.

He also said some of the items seized by the November 2019 and February 2020 "were identical or similar" to those found after cruise missiles and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in 2019.

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Iranian authorities accuse Trump of orchestrating the assassination of Maj.

"We will work with the UN Security Council to extend that prohibition on those arms sales and then in the event we can't get anyone else to act, the United States is evaluating every possibility about how we might do that", Pompeo said.

Saudi and US officials on Monday urged the global community to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran, warning that letting the ban expire would allow Tehran to further arm its proxies and destabilize the region.

"If that happens, Iran will not be under constraint as to what course of action it should take", he said reporters.

He went on to say, "Foreign Minister Zarif will address the Security Council on Resolution 2231 tomorrow".

The United States is now reserving the right to activate the "snapback" mechanism, which would restore UN sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo.

U.S. Amb. Kelly Craft and Special Representative Brian Hook had presented a resolution to the Security Council last Wednesday asking the body to extend its arms embargo on Iran. "All options for Iran will be open".

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