Following the ongoing rift between the United States and Iran, the US government 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.
President 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.
The United States said it used Article 51 to justify taking action in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in 2014.
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.
President Trump later gave reasons for the army chief’s assassination.
The airstrike has since generated a lot of controversies and reactions from world leaders.
Just yesterday, Iran launched over 15 missiles on US targets in Iraq in retaliation to the death of Qassem Soleimani, who was buried on Tuesday.
Iran had issued another warning that any US retaliation to the missile attacks in Baghdad would lead to an all-out war in the Middle East.
America said it would continue to work towards defending its personnel and assets in the region.