'A more dangerous world': the assassination of the Iranian general triggers the global alarm
PARIS: World powers on Friday warned that the world has become a more dangerous place and urged moderation after the United States killed Iran's top general, although Britain and Germany also suggested that I ran shared guilt for provoking selective murder that dramatically increased tensions in the Middle East.
China, Russia and France, all permanent members of the UN Security Council, had a faint view of the US airstrike near Baghdad airport that killed General Qassem Soleimani.
The White House said in a tweet that Soleimani, who led the elite Quds Force responsible for I ran 's foreign campaigns, "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack US diplomats and service members in Iraq and through ... https://t.co/YlZkrT4Wib - The White House (@WhiteHouse) 1578021078000
We are waking up in a more dangerous world. Military escalation is always dangerous, French Deputy Foreign Minister Amelie de Montchalin told RTL radio. When such actions, such operations take place, we see that the escalation is underway.
Russia also characterized the deadly American attack as `` loaded with serious consequences. '' A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that such actions do not help solve complicated problems in the Middle East, but lead to a new round of growing tensions.
China described herself as very worried.
Peace in the Middle East and the Gulf region must be preserved, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. We urge all interested parties, especially the United States, to remain calm and restrained and avoid further escalation of tensions.
But while echoing the concerns of other Security Council members about spiral tensions, Britain and Germany broke ranks, expressing a qualified understanding of the United States position.
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer described the US strike as "a reaction to a whole series of military provocations for which I ran bears responsibility,'' pointing to attacks on tankers and a Saudi oil facility, among other events.
We are at a dangerous climbing point and what matters now is to contribute with caution and moderation to the climbing, he said. Germany is currently part of the UN Security Council, but is not a permanent member.
The British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said "we have always recognized the aggressive threat posed by the I ran ian Quds force led by ."
After his death, we urge all parties to decrease, he said. The additional conflict is not of our interest.
Montchalin, the French minister, said urgent reconciliation efforts are being made behind the scenes. The French president and his chancellor communicated with all the actors in the region, he said.
In the Middle East, the strike sparked waves of shock, rage and fears of something worse to come.
The most powerful Shiite religious leader in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said in a speech during Friday prayers that the country must prepare for very difficult times.
In I ran , a hard-line adviser to the country's supreme leader who led Friday prayers in Tehran He compared American troops in Iraq with insidious beasts and said they should be swept from the region.
`` I am telling Americans, especially Trump, that we will take revenge and change their daylight to a dark night, '' said the cleric, Ayatollah. Ahmad Khatami .