İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining U.S. President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, face "murder and terrorism charges", the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Soleimani, who was the commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was targeted in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3. The incident brought the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war and was the most dangerous escalation in the current standoff between the countries since Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal two years ago and reimposed tough sanctions on Iran’s economy.
Interpol said it would not consider the Iranian request. In a statement to CNN, Interpol said it "would not consider requests of this nature." It explained that it was not in accordance with its rules and constitution, which states "it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character."
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook called the move a "political stunt" during a joint press conference with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Monday. "It's propaganda that we're used to," Hook said. "This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is - it's a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish," he added.