Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, US calls it 'propaganda stunt'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a program held within to encourage and increase domestic production in Tehran Iran

Tehran Prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr announced Monday that Iran has ordered through Interpol the arrests of 36 U.S. political and military officials, including President Donald Trump, who were allegedly involved in the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani in January.

"These people have been charged with murder and terrorist acts", he said.

Iran also said it had asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 individuals, semi-official state news agency ISNA reported, though it was unlikely that Interpol would grant the request.

The Lyon-based organization told RIA Novosti if it receives a request to arrest Trump, its own rules will not allow it to act on it. Interpol acts as a liaison between law enforcement organizations in member states, helping them to collaborate with each other in solving crimes and arresting suspects trying to flee justice in a different jurisdiction.

Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, dismissed the arrest warrant announcement at a press conference in Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook speaks to VOA Persian at the State Department in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh on Monday, Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, described the Iranian announcement as more "propaganda".

"This has a political nature. This has nothing to do with national security, global peace or promoting stability", said Hook.

"This is another political stunt by the Iranian regime".

Gen. Qassem Soleimani was the Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander who was revered in Iran and known for being the mastermind behind many conflicts in the region and against the U.S. He did not become widely known to most Americans until his assassination by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on January 3. He said at the time Soleimani was plotting attacks on US diplomats and service members.

Trump faces no real threat of arrest, but the new charges offer fresh evidence that tension between the USA and Iran shows no signs of subsiding. The embargo is set to expire in October.

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