Iran's UN envoy slams Soleimani's killing by US as 'terrorist act by any standard'

# 11 July 2020 19:20 (UTC +04:00)

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi has condemned January’s assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the US as an apparent example of a state terrorism, APA reports citing Sputnuk.

Soleimani’s killing “is seen as a criminal terrorist act by any standard”, Ravanchi underscored in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday.

The envoy praised Soleimani’s “key role in helping the people and governments of some regional countries, at their own request, to defeat the most dangerous terror groups such as ISIS [Daesh*] and other groups designated as terror organisations by the UN Security Council”.

Ravanchi claimed the “illegal and […] adventurous move” by the US to assassinate Soleimani indicates that “Washington’s claim of fighting terrorists is a hollow one”.

"In fact, the United States is fighting those who are combating terrorists", he pointed out, blaming Washington for pursuing a "hypocritical policy" that "undermines regional and international efforts in the war on international terrorism".