Tehran, IRAN – Iran issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday in response to the drone strike that killed Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Qasem Soleimani in January.
Tehran Attorney General Ali Alqasi Mehr said President Trump was at the top of a list of 36 people for whom warrants were issued in the death of Soleimani, CNN reported.
Soleimani, a known terrorist, was killed at Baghdad International Airport on Jan. 3 in a U.S. drone strike.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), was killed at the same time, CNN reported.
According to reports from the Fars news agency, Mehr said the American President would be prosecuted after he finished his term in office.
Iran has asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the 36 wanted individuals on their list, but the international agency was unlikely to do so, CNN reported.
A Red Notice is a worldwide request to law enforcement to local and arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action, but it is not considered an international arrest warrant, according to Interpol’s website.
Interpol told CNN it “would not consider requests of this nature” because it was not in line with its rules and constitution.
“It is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character,” according to Interpol’s rules and constitution.
Iran and its allies have labeled the U.S. drone strike an “assassination” of Soleimani, CNN reported.
Iranian citizen Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi Majd was sentenced to death in June for allegedly providing Soleimani’s location to U.S. intelligence agents.
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said the arrest warrant for President Trump was a “political stunt,” CNN reported.
“It’s propaganda that we’re used to,” Hook said. “This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is — it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish.”
President Trump and the Pentagon have blamed Soleimani for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and U.S. allies, CNN reported.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said after the drone strike.
The Pentagon called the attack “decisive defensive” action by the United States with a goal of deterring future attacks by Iran.