UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The USA informed the United Nations on Wednesday that the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani final week was self-defense and vowed to take further motion “as needed” within the Center East to guard U.S. personnel and pursuits.

FILE PHOTO: New U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft speaks to reporters after attending her first U.N. Safety Council assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S. September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Iran retaliated on Wednesday for Soleimani’s loss of life by firing missiles at army services housing U.S. troops in Iraq. U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned no Individuals had been harm, soothing fears that Soleimani’s loss of life and the Iranian response may spark a wider battle within the Center East.

In a letter to the U.N. Safety Council, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft mentioned america additionally stands “prepared to interact with out preconditions in critical negotiations with Iran, with the aim of stopping additional endangerment of worldwide peace and safety or escalation by the Iranian regime.”

The killing of Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday was justified underneath Article 51 of the U.N. Constitution, wrote Craft within the letter seen by Reuters, including “america is ready to take further actions within the area as essential to proceed to guard U.S. personnel and pursuits.”

Beneath Article 51, nations are required to “instantly report” to the 15-member Safety Council any measures taken in exercising the precise of self-defense. The USA used Article 51 to justify taking motion in Syria towards Islamic State militants in 2014.

Craft mentioned Soleimani’s loss of life and U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Dec. 29 towards an Iran-backed militia group had been “in response to an escalating collection of armed assaults in latest months by the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iran-supported militias on U.S. forces and pursuits within the Center East.”

She mentioned the intention was to discourage Iran from conducting or supporting assaults and degrade its capability to conduct assaults.

Iran additionally justified its motion underneath Article 51 of the U.N. Constitution in a letter to the U.N. Safety Council on Wednesday. The U.S. letter to the U.N. Safety Council arrived after Iran’s letter, diplomats mentioned.

Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote that Tehran “doesn’t search escalation or struggle” after exercising its proper to self-defense by taking a “measured and proportionate army response focusing on an American air base in Iraq.”

“The operation was exact and focused army targets thus leaving no collateral harm to civilians and civilian belongings within the space,” Ravanchi wrote.

“Critically warning about any additional army adventurism towards it, Iran declares that it’s decided to proceed to, vigorously and in accordance with relevant worldwide legislation, defend its individuals, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity towards any aggression,” he mentioned.

Iran had full respect for the sovereignty of Iraq, he added.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Modifying by Kim Coghill and Lincoln Feast.

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