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BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Differences should be resolved through dialogue and consultation, Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee said on Friday in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

During the talks, the U.S. side reported its position on the current situation in the Middle East.

Yang, who is also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, said that China is highly concerned about the current situation in the Middle East.

China has always maintained that differences should be resolved through dialogue and consultation, Yang said, adding that China opposes the use of force in international relations.

China hopes that all parties concerned, especially the United States, will exercise restraint and get back to the track of dialogue as soon as possible to de-escalate the tensions, Yang said.

Both sides also exchanged views on China-U.S. relations.

ANKARA, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Friday called on Iran and the United States to avoid unilateral steps that would jeopardize regional stability over the killing of Qasem Soleimani, a commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

"We are deeply concerned about the escalating of the U.S.-Iranian tension in the region. We strongly re-emphasize the warning that turning Iraq into a conflict zone will harm the peace and stability of both Iraq and our region," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

The U.S. airstrike in Iraqi capital Baghdad targeting the convoy of Soleimani will increase the insecurity and instability of the region, said the ministry.

Such escalating steps will increase the "spiral of violence" and all parties will suffer from this situation, said the statement.

"Turkey always rejects any foreign intervention in the region, assassinations or sectarian conflict," said the statement.

For this reason, Turkey invites all parties to "act in common sense and sobriety, to avoid unilateral steps that would jeopardize the peace and stability of the region and to prioritize diplomacy," stated the ministry.

A U.S. attack near Baghdad International Airport on Friday killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.

Islamabad, Jan 10, IRNA -- Pakistan's Minister of State for Safron and Narcotics Control says assassination of IRGC Quds force commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani by the US is an act against humanity.

The territorial vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) for the Táchira state, Freddy Bernal, described as cowardly the foreign policy of the United States Government (US) regarding the murder of the general, Qassem Soleimani , leader of the Republican Guard of Iran.

“My solidarity with the Iranian people before the vile and cowardly murder of General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Republican Guard, is a key figure in the military policy of this region. Once again the imperial US government he kills resistance leaders without measuring consequences, ”Bernal wrote through his Twitter social network account.

The government of Donald Trump in the heart of Baghdad bombarded the facilities of the International Airport causing the death of 8 people.

The air attack claimed the life of Qassem Soleimani , commander of the Quds Force, unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; and of the head of the Popular Mobilization Forces and commander of the Kataib Hezbollah (KH) militia, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, review press release of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) of Táchira.

The international analyst, Basem Tajeldine, said Tuesday that the assassination of General Qasem Soleimaní by the United States as a terrorist action.

This fact also constitutes a clear violation of International Law and puts the stability and peace of the world at risk.

Tajeldine, stressed that “Soleimani was a very respected and very dear person not only for the Iranian people but for all the peoples of the region; He also held a very important position in the revolutionary leadership of the Persian country. ”

During an interview on the First Page program broadcast on a private television channel, the International Analyst stressed that “the Islamic Republic of Iran has the domain of the Strait of Hormuz, which has oil fields considered the highest international level and European, that is why the closure of this strait would create an eminent threat that could trigger a third World War ”

He added that this strategy would change the world order, which "would make Europe see itself in the need to go to Iran and not the United States."

The internationalist explained that this attack is because "the United States does not forgive Soleimani for the defeat inflicted on its terrorist groups in Syria, Lebanon and in Iraq." / CP

Korean anti-war figures attend Iran embassy in Seoul

Beirut, Jan 3, IRNA - Secretary General of Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the US criminals will not be able to achieve their goals through terrorist operations the latest of which is the assassination of the Commander of the IRGC's Quds Forces Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

Baghdad, Jan 7, IRNA -- President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani in a message on Monday expressed condolences to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei over martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

The message reads that the loss of Lieutenant General Soleimani is a source of regret and concern for the people and government of the Kurdish region, he said.

"He was a friend of ours in the fight against dictatorship and supporter of us against Daesh terrorists," Barzani said, noting that all the Iraqi and KRG officials have on several occasions thanked for his sacrifices.

Lieutenant General Soleimani, commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), was assassinated in an airstrike by the United States in Baghdad on Friday along with Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units second-in-command Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis and eight others in their entourage.

US President Donald Trump had personally ordered the terrorist attack

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of anti-war protesters rallied Saturday in Times Square of New York City (NYC), in the wake of a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport, which killed an Iranian commander and resulted in Iran vowing to retaliate.

The protesters held signs that read "Jobs, healthcare, education, housing, human needs, not endless war," and "No war/sanctions on Iran!"

The protesters chanted "No justice, no peace. U.S. out of the Middle East!" and "No war with Iran." They also marched down a stretch of Broadway.

The protest came hours after a rally outside U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer's apartment in Brooklyn on Friday night.

A number of anti-war groups helped set up the rally to decry the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force.

New York City has stepped up security at key locations following the targeted killing of Soleimani.

During a press conference on Friday morning, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said there will be "heightened vigilance in terms of uniformed officers -- many with long guns" at some sensitive and critical places, and urged New Yorkers to stay vigilant.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that New Yorkers may face more bag checks in the subway and at car stops on bridges and tunnels.


Tehran, Jan 3, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a phone conversation with UN Secretary General António Guterres stressed the fact that the US terrorist regime is accountable for all consequences of assassinating IRGC's Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

Underlining the terrorist nature of the US regime’s terrorist act, Zarif said thanks to General Soleimani’s popularity in the region and his role in fighting terrorist groups, his martyrdom will have consequences and the US will be responsible for them.

Meanwhile, Guterres expressed concerns over US act and described it as cause of boosting tensions in the region.

Iraqi media quoted official resources as saying that Lieutenant General Soleimani and the acting commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) - known as the Hash al-Shaabi - Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, who were separately leaving Baghdad airport in two cars were targeted and assassinated.

Iraqi media said the US helicopters targeted both cars.

In a statement, the IRGC said that the glorious commander of Islamic forces was martyred in a US helicopter attack on Friday morning at the culmination of his lifelong efforts to promote the path of God.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei announced three days of public mourning on the martyrdom of the Commander.

Freddy Bernal describes the foreign policy of the US Government as a coward.


​Selective Killings Ordered By Trump Are Terrorist Crimes

​Pakistan 10/Jan/2020 .

Korea International Peace Forum 

The United States, the number one country in human rights violations and international terrorism, commits all kinds of crimes, aggressions and injustices, in the name of democracy and national security.

International murder or "decisive defensive action"?

This Friday morning, the US military neo-colonial hegemony launched another selective rocket attack near the cargo terminal of Baghdad International Airport . As a result, two vehicles of the Popular Mobilization units of Iraq were set on fire, and Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and General Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis were killed. Both commanders in chief of the anti-terrorist forces, which defeated ISIS, Al Qaeda, and in the case of Soleimani; a recognized international figure in his participation so that the Libyan government does not fall. On both murders, Washington claims to have been a "decisive defensive action."

Outside the context of active hostilities, the use of drones or other means for selective killings is never legal . To be justified by international human rights law, intentionally lethal or potentially lethal force can only be used when strictly necessary, to protect against an imminent threat to life .

In other words, the murderer of these two men would need to demonstrate that objective people constitute an imminent threat to others . The alleged past participation of an individual in "terrorist" attacks would not be enough .

In addition, murder with drones or helicopters of any person other than the target (family members or other close persons, for example) would be an arbitrary deprivation of life under human rights laws and could result in liability. of the State and individual criminal responsibility .

The use of aircraft in the territory of other States has also been justified in self-defense. Under customary international law, states can take military measures if the threatened attack is imminent , no other means would divert it and the action is proportional.

The test for the so-called anticipatory self-defense is very limited : it must be an "instantaneous, overwhelming need that leaves no choice of means or moment of deliberation." So it is unlikely that this test will be performed, in these particular cases of General Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis.

Therefore, the selective killings of Qasem Soleiman and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in addition to being very illegal and violating international human rights law, constitute acts of international terrorism , and cannot be justified as "decisive defensive actions . "

Based on recent studies, the true human cost calculated only from the wars in the United States, after 11S in the Middle East, has killed 6 million people . As detailed by the American researcher Nicolas JS Davies, in his report entitled Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq (Blood in our hands: the American invasion and destruction of Iraq) .

We ask the international community to denounce these crimes and the dangerous escalation of the Trump administration, as well as we appeal to congressmen and the American population, ” in the words of researcher Nicolás JS Davies“ it is urgent that we accept the true human cost of wars of our country and that have manipulated and tricked us to look the other way. We must do it before the conflicts lengthen even more, before they devastate more countries, before they further undermine international law and before they kill more millions of our fellow citizens in the world . ”


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Iran's Armenian Christians condemn US assassination of General Soleimani

Lattakia, SANA- A large number of people gathered at al-Muhafaza Square in Lattakia on Thursday to express condemnation of the U.S. criminal aggression near Baghdad airport which led to the martyrdom of leader of al-Quds Failaq Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, Deputy Chairman of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Commission Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a number of their companions.

In a speech during the gathering in which popular and official figures participated, Chairman of Lattakia Awqaf “Islamic Endowments” Department Sheikh Mohammad Alio affirmed that this stand is a token of loyalty to the martyrs whose sacrifices have significantly contributed to defeating the Zionist-U.S. project in the region and to eliminating terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq.

Alio saluted the Syrian Arab Army and the countries of the resistance axis who have sacrificed to achieve that victory.

Participants in the gathering asserted that the resistance work has no geographical borders and the men of resistance will continue the resistance road till achieving the permanent victory.

They added that martyr Lt. General Qassem Soleimani and his resistant companions have struggled in the Arab arena and they have contributed to foiling the U.S. project of hegemony.

The strongly condemned the crime of assassinating the elite men of resistance which violated all the international laws, adding that this crime entails a response that would lead to ending the U.S. presence in the region.

They noted that this crime came in an attempt to revive the terrorist organizations which have been defeated and to raise their morale, affirming the necessity to continue the war against the criminal gangs till eliminating them completely.

Syria 10/01/2020

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA – The Armenian Caliphate Council of Tehran and North in a statement strongly condemned the US Friday assassination of commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

The enemy is consistently trying to harm Iran, but they ignore that Iran relies on its government and people so it is powerful and can stand against anyone that tries to disrupt its security and peace, the statement read.

The statement also extended the Armenians' condolences on the tragic incident to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the officials and all the families of the martyrs.

US President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qasem Soeimani on Friday.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force commander, who was assassinated by the US alongside the acting Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known as the Hash al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, and eight other military forces who were fighting the Daesh (ISIS) forces in Iraq.

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