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Iran issues arrest warrant for US President Trump, requests Interpol's help

Iran sues Trump for killing Gen Soleimani

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

Tehran's Prosecutor, Ali Alqasimehr, announced on Monday, June 29 that he had asked the Interpol to issue a "Red Notice" for detaining President Trump, who personally authorized the attack and others involved in the deadly drone strike, including US political and military officials.

Trump and the 35 others face several charges, including "murder and terrorist acts", according to the Iranian state news agency, the IRNA.

Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force, was killed in a United States airstrike when he was visiting Iraq.

Trump has not commented on the issuance of the arrest warrants.

However, Iran's Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue Trump's prosecution even after his presidency.

Local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that requests it.

The France-based global police agency, however, told CNN it would not consider the request, adding that it wasn't in line with the Interpol constitution, which says "it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character".

The U.S. airstrike that killed Soleimani was championed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper as a "decisive defensive action".

A retaliatory attack by Iran came on Jan 8, just days after the US airstrike. As NPR reported, dozens of American personnel were later diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries in the attack.

The acrimonious relationship between the USA and Iran had deteriorated even further when the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, more than two years ago.