Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, US calls it 'propaganda stunt'

Clay Curtis
June 30, 2020

Donald Trump has officially been hit with an arrest warrant in Iran for ordering the drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani in January.

They call on Interpol to issue an global "red notice" for the president's arrest.

Tehran Prosecutor General Ali Alqasi-Mehr has said that 36 individuals have been identified in connection with the US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

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.

The usual suspects have commented on the arrest warrant, including 50 Cent who actually sent a so-called message from the President to Iran.

The assassination of Soleimani near Baghdad's airport brought the United States and Iran close to a military conflict after Tehran retaliated by launching a missile strike targeting US forces in Iraq.

Interpol "would not consider requests of this nature", it said.

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook speaks to VOA Persian at the State Department in Washington Feb. 26 2020
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook speaks to VOA Persian at the State Department in Washington Feb. 26 2020

It is unlikely, however, that Interpol will act on the request given that the agency's constitution prohibits it from taking on "any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character".

Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a USA drone strike January 3, spurring an Iranian missile strike on US troops in Iraq a few days later.

Soleimani was recognized internationally as a legendary commander in the war against terrorist groups, especially Daesh (ISIS).

"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.

Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, dismissed the arrest warrant announcement at a press conference in Saudi Arabia.

The Pentagon blamed Soleimani for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and U.S. allies in the months leading up to his killing. It came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

While the attack on the western Iraqi base of Ain Al-Asad left no U.S. soldiers dead, dozens suffered brain trauma.

Iran issues arrest warrant against Trump
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, "Foreign Minister Zarif will address the Security Council on Resolution 2231 tomorrow".

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