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At United Nations, US justifies killing Iranian commander as self-defence

US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft (second left) speaks with Iran's UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi (far left) in the UN Security Council chamber in New York City, US, December 19, 2019.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft (second left) speaks with Iran's UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi (far left) in the UN Security Council chamber in New York City, US, December 19, 2019. © UN TV via REUTERS

The United States told the United Nations on Wednesday that the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was self-defense and vowed to take additional action "as necessary" in the Middle East to protect U.S. personnel and interests.

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In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said the United States also stands "ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations with Iran, with the goal of preventing further endangerment of international peace and security or escalation by the Iranian regime."

The killing of Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday was justified under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, wrote Craft in the letter seen by Reuters, adding "the United States is prepared to take additional actions in the region as necessary to continue to protect U.S. personnel and interests."

Under Article 51, countries are required to "immediately report" to the 15-member Security Council any measures taken in exercising the right of self-defense. The United States used Article 51 to justify taking action in Syria against Islamic State militants in 2014. 

(REUTERS)

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