Iranian official: US begged us not to retaliate for Soleimani killing
The United States begged Iran not to retaliate against US interests in response to the elimination of top commander Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s deputy foreign minister claimed on Sunday, according to a source.
“The US sent a message to Iran via the Swiss ambassador [whose mission also acts as Washington’s interests section in Tehran]
to demand that Iran did not give a response, but it was rejected immediately,”
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand claimed.
Soleimani was the target of a US drone strike on a convoy at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.
The attack also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU),
which has been referred to as an Iranian proxy force in the region.
Recall, wotzup.ng reported that Iran retaliated for the killing of Soleimani by launching a barrage of missiles on two Iraqi military bases hosting American troops.
They diagnosed 34 service members with traumatic brain injury because of the attack.
Last month, Iran declared that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials involved in Soleimani’s death,
all of whom they accuse of murder and terrorism. Among those is US President Donald Trump.
Iran requested that Interpol assist it in arresting Trump, but Interpol swiftly rejected that request,
saying its guidelines for notices forbids it from “any intervention or activities of a political” nature.
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