The government of the United States of America has told the United Nations that it is prepared to take additional action “as necessary” in the Middle East to protect American personnel and interests.
This was contained in a letter to the UN Security Council, by US Ambassador, Kelly Craft.
Donald Trump’s led government said in the letter that the killing of Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday was justified under Article 51 of the UN Charter, according to Al Jazeera.
Under Article 51, countries are required to immediately report to the 15-member Security Council any measures taken in exercising the right of self-defense.
Maj. Gen. Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, was killed in a US airstrike on his convoy near Baghdad airport on Friday.
Iran retaliated by launching a missile attack on American forces in Baghdad. The Iranian had put the figure of casualties as high as 80 persons, but Donald Trump said no American lives were lost in the attack.
Iran also warned that any US retaliation to the missile attacks in Baghdad would lead to an all-out war in the Middle East.