US Rejects UN Findings on Soleimani Murder

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The UN Special Rapporteur in her report called the American airstrike a violation of international law The United States rejected the conclusion of UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Kalamar that the US air strike, which killed the commander of the elite Quds Iranian unit Qasem Soleimani, was a violation of international law. “We reject the report and the views of ... UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Kalamar regarding the American air strike, which killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Ms. Kalamar’s findings are false,” US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said. He added that the strike was committed in accordance with the inalienable right of the United States to self-defense. According to Kalamar, the uncontrolled spread of armed drones poses a threat to world security, and the killing of Soleimani has increased the danger of international conflict. The United States carried out the attack without obtaining the prior consent of Iraq, thereby violating the territorial integrity of this country. “There was no evidence that General Soleimani was planning an imminent attack on US interests, especially in Iraq, in which case immediate action would be necessary and could be justified,” the UN investigator said.