Just a week after Tehran issued an arrest warrant for President Trump over the drone attack that killed General Soleimani, the United Nations accused the president of breaking international law. Following the January 3rd attack, President Trump insisted that the strike was for America’s “self-defense.” This attack against Soleimani happened days after Iranian-back militia presented a direct threat to the U.S. embassy, and tensions between the two countries dramatically increased. The United States argued that they have evidence the general was an “imminent threat,” and therefore, the action was justified.
U.N. rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, Agnes Callamard, however, said on Monday the United States has failed to supply evidence that “threats were imminent.” Because of this failure, the United States has violated article 2(4) of the UN Charter. Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council will meet about this decision. The United States, however, does not hold a seat on the council, so will have no input on their final verdict.
President Trump has insisted that killing General Soleimani “stopped a war.” The world was on the edge of their seats as violence in the region increased, putting neutral territory on high-alert and sparking suggestions for World War III. Iran responded to Soleimani’s death through an attack on two U.S. bases in Iraq. Operation Martyr Soleimani wounded 110 U.S. military personnel, but fortunately, no casualties were reported. While it seems like a war, was in fact, avoided, Iran and the United Nations still want to hold President Trump accountable.