1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. World News
  4. 'A more dangerous world': Iran General Qasem Soleimani killing triggers global alarm

'A more dangerous world': Iran General Qasem Soleimani killing triggers global alarm

Global powers are warning that the world has become a more dangerous place after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the targeted killing of Iran’s top general and are urging restraint on all sides. China, Russia and France, all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, took a dim view of the US airstrike near Baghdad’s airport early Friday that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
Paris Updated on: January 03, 2020 23:36 IST
Tehran: Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Qassem Soleimani
Image Source : AP

Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

PARIS (AP) — Global powers are warning that the world has become a more dangerous place after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the targeted killing of Iran’s top general and are urging restraint on all sides. China, Russia and France, all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, took a dim view of the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad’s airport early Friday that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

France Reacts to Qasem Soleimani's killing

“We are waking up in a more dangerous world. Military escalation is always dangerous,” France's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said on RTL radio. "When such actions, such operations, take place, we see that escalation is underway.”

Montchalin, the French minister, indicated that urgent reconciliation efforts are being launched behind the scenes. French President Emmanuel Macron and his foreign minister were reaching out to “all the actors in the region,” she said.

Russia's Reaction

Russia’s Foreign Ministry, via an unnamed diplomat quoted by the state-run TASS news agency, condemned the killing as “an adventurist step that would lead to growing tensions throughout the entire region.” 

China on Soleimani killing

China described itself as “highly concerned.”

“Peace in the Middle East and the Gulf region should be preserved,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. "We urge all parties concerned, especially the United States, to maintain calm and restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions.”

India Tv - U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani latest news

Image Source : AP

This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike, in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via AP)

Thousands chant 'death to America' at Iran prayers

Thousands at Tehran's Friday prayers shouted "death to America" and called for retaliation against the US for killing Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani, state TV reported. Hardline cleric Ahmad Khatami said the resistance movement seeks revenge and that Soleimani's comrades would not allow Trump to "sleep comfortably from now on." 

The US killed Qassem Soleimani, the architect of Tehran's proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport early on Friday, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions in the region.  

America issues security alert for citizens in Iraq

#Iraq: U.S. citizens in Iraq or concerned about loved ones in Iraq can contact the Department of State at 202-501-4444 or toll-free in the U.S. at 888-407-4747. Avoid the U.S. Embassy in #Baghdad. Monitor local and international media for updates, US State Department said.

Also Read | Baghdad airport attack: Iran's Qasem Soleimani killed on Trump's order, says Pentagon

Also Read | Who was General Qasem Soleimani, Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander killed in US strike​

Also Read | Top Obama aide: Soleimani death frightening moment​

Also Read | "Harsh revenge awaits 'criminals' who killed Soleimani," says Iran Supreme Leader

Also Read | Trump has put US troops life at risk, did not take Congress's authorisation: Nancy Pelosi

(Inputs from Associated Press and agencies)

Latest World News

Fight against Coronavirus: Full coverage

Write a comment

X