News ID: 319201
Published: 0334 GMT January 04, 2022

US assassination of Gen. Soleimani ‘war crime’: China

US assassination of Gen. Soleimani ‘war crime’: China

China on Tuesday called the US assassination of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in 2020 a “war crime” and a “wanton violation” of international norms.

“The assassination was an example of Washington's wanton violation of the norms governing international relations based on the United Nations Charter and another war crime committed by the US with excessive use of force,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday, CGNT reported.

Wang made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to a question about the second anniversary of Gen. Soleimani’s assassination in a drone strike near Bagdad airport on January 3, 2020, which was ordered by former US president Donald Trump. 

Gen. Soleimani was the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps when he was targeted.

The US breaks international law and conducts targeted killings with acts of terrorism in sovereign countries, and kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people in different places across the world, Wang said, describing such behavior as illegal and atrocious.

But the US always uses the "rules-based international order" to whitewash this behavior, the spokesperson added.

"The US repeatedly claimed that it will defend the 'rules-based international order,'" Wang said.

"But facts have proven over and over again that the US only cares about an order that meets its needs and serves its interests. What the US strives to defend is an order that consolidates its hegemony and allows it to remain above the international community."

People in Middle Eastern countries and across the world will not accept such "rules and order," which are against international law, he added.

Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Monday vowed revenge for the assassination of the general unless Trump was put on trial.

Raeisi said Trump as “the prime criminal” of the case must be punished by death for his central role in the deadly strike.




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