Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson called the assassination of Iran's top anti-terror General Soleimani another war crime committed by the US.

Iran PressAsia: Wang Wenbin on Tuesday called the assassination of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani an example of Washington's wanton violation of the norms governing international relations based on the United Nations Charter and another war crime committed by the US with excessive use of force. 

The United States always uses the "rules-based international order" to whitewash the atrocities it commits, the spokesperson added. 

Wang made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to a question about the second anniversary of former Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani's assassination by Washington, CGTN reported.

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday vowed revenge for Soleimani's assassination unless former US President Donald Trump is put on trial.

The US breaks international law and conducts targeted killings with acts of terrorism in sovereign countries and kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people in different places across the world, the spokesperson said, describing such behavior as illegal and atrocious. But the US always uses the "rules-based international order" to whitewash this behavior, he added. 

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"The US repeatedly claimed that it will defend the 'rules-based international order,'" Wang said. "But facts have proven over and over again that the US only cares about an order that meets its needs and serves its interests. What the US strives to defend is an order that consolidates its hegemony and allows it to remain above the international community." 

People in Middle Eastern countries and across the world will not accept such "rules and order," which are against international law, he added. 

General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) deputy head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated along with their companions in a US drone strike authorized by former President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

They were highly popular because of their key role in eliminating the US-backed ISIS terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

General Soleimani was assassinated by the US while he was in Baghdad at the official invitation of the Iraqi government.


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