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Soleimani's Assassination: World War III Around the Corner

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Germany and France have joined other world leaders in reaction to the killing of Iranian top military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US government.

Major General Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, was killed in a US airstrike on his convoy at Baghdad airport on Friday rising the tension of another World War.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, through her Spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer called for de-escalation and for peace to reign in the Middle East. She said it's most important now to act prudently to calm the tension in the region.

“We are at a dangerous point of escalation. It is now important through prudence and restraint to contribute to de-escalation,” Demmer said, as quoted by Al Jazeera.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also said all hands must put on deck to ensure the region is de-escalated using all the diplomatic channels to curb instability. 

“We are making use of our diplomatic channels to Iran and to other states in the region,” he said.
“Since this morning we have been in close contact with our British and French partners and with other European countries on how we can best work to calm the situation.”

Additionally, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin told RTL radio that its priority is to stabilize  the Middle East.

“What is happening is what we feared: Tensions between the United States and Iran are increasing,” Montchalin said. “The priority is to stabilise the region.”

He added the French President will contact leaders in the region to ensure peace is restored in the Middle East.
“We have woken up to a more dangerous world,” Montchalin added, saying French President Emmanuel Macron would consult soon with “players in the region.”

Meanwhile, Trump said on Friday that the killing of Soleimani is to stop the war and not to start the war. Pentagon blamed Soleimani for the killing of American Contractor and five service men in Baghdad last week and attack on US Embassy.

In a reaction to this, a letter to the United Nations by Iran described the attack as state terrorism and an unlawful criminal act.
CNN official reported  that, Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran's ambassador to the UN said the attack was "tantamount to opening a war," Meanwhile, the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameini has said on his official website that Tehran will fight back.
"The response for a military action is a military action. By whom? When? Where? That is for the future to witness," he added.
He said the strike had escalated a war that started when US pulled out of a nuclear deal with Tehran in 2018.
"The US has started the economic war in May 2018. Last night, they started a military war. By assassinating, by an act of terror, against one of our top generals," he told CNN official.
Iran and its allies condemned the strike as an "assassination," while European officials and the UN called for de-escalation.

Source: Daily Post, CNN

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