Iran has issued an arrest warrant and sought Interpol's help in detaining U.S. President Donald Trump, along with 35 others it holds responsible for a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, state-run media reported Monday.
Tehran Prosecutor Ali Qasi Mehr reportedly said 36 American political and military officials have been charged with murder and terrorist acts over the assassination of Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3 in Baghdad.
Topping the list is Trump, and his prosecution will continue even after the end of his term, he said.
However, Interpol later issued a statement saying it would not consider Iran's request as its guidelines forbid it from "any intervention or activities of a political" nature, according to The Associated Press.
Soleimani, killed in a drone attack on Jan. 3 near Baghdad International Airport, was commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps' expeditionary Quds Force and is regarded as a national hero in Iran.
The airstrike on his motorcade also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units, as well as eight other Iranians and Iraqis.
Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike on a base with U.S. troops stationed in Iraq on Jan. 8, but a full-scale armed conflict was avoided.
Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, dismissed the arrest warrant announcement at a press conference in Saudi Arabia. "It's a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish," AP quoted him as saying.