US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the findings of UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Agyes Kallamar, declaring the killing of the elite Iranian special forces al-Quds, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Kassem Suleimani illegal. It is reported by TASS.
“We reject the report and opinions. (…). Ms. Callamar’s findings are false, ”said Pompeo. In his view, the strike was a response to Iran in a series of armed attacks that were carried out in previous months. From the point of view of international law, according to the United States, the attack was carried out in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter on the right to self-defense.
On July 7, it was reported that a UN spokeswoman noted that Washington was unable to provide evidence justifying the attack on the convoy where the general was. Kallamar noted that Suleimani was responsible for Iran’s strategy and actions in Syria and Iraq, without presenting an immediate threat to anyone’s lives. The Special Rapporteur concluded that, given these arguments, the US strike was illegal.
Earlier it was reported that the judicial authorities of the Islamic Republic appealed to an international organization with a demand to put the US president on the international wanted list. Tehran allegedly managed to name 36 people who participated in the preparation of the murder of Kassem Suleimani. Interpol refused to meet Iranian requirements.
The general died on January 3 during rocket fire from the United States. Along with Suleymani, several officers accompanying him and the deputy commander of the Shiite militia of Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed. In response, Tehran fired dozens of missiles at American sites in Iraq on the night of January 8. The operation was called the “Martyr Suleymani”. In the United States, there were no casualties and minimal damage to military bases.
The Pentagon claimed that the order to kill Suleymani was personally issued by President Donald Trump. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo could have brought this idea to the American leader. The United States considered the general to be involved in attacks on coalition bases and the US embassy in Baghdad.