Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.

Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of being involved in the January 3 strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani face “murder and terrorism charges”, said Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr on Monday.

Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue Trump’s prosecution even after he stands down presidency, Reuters reported.

Iran said it had also asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 people, which would have the international organisation locate and arrest the individuals named.

Interpol told CNN it “would not consider requests of this nature” because it was not in accordance with its rules and constitution, which prohibits “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook called Iran’s move a “political stunt”.

“This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is – it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously,” Hook said during a press conference with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Monday.

The US killed Soleimani in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others.

The assassination came after months of rising tensions between the US and Iran.

Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike at two military bases housing US troops in Iraq.

This article originally appeared on Over60.