- The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, has called for calm over the US airstrike which killed Iran's top military commander, Qasem Soleimani
- Guterres said he is deeply concerned with the "recent escalation"
- The UN chief, therefore, called on the leaders to exercise maximum restraint, saying the world cannot afford another war in the Gulf
The United States' airstrike which killed Iran's top military commander, Qasem Soleimani, has continued to attract widespread reactions from the international community.
Reacting to the incident, the secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, said he is deeply concerned with the "recent escalation".
Legit.ng gathers that the UN chief said he has "consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf".
"This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf," Guterres said in a statement posted on the UN website by Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the secretary-general.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Trump justified the Friday, January 3, airstrike that killed Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport.
The US president justified the killing of Soleimani on the grounds that the Iranian general had killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time.
He claimed the general was planning to kill more Americans before he was neutralised by the airstrike.
Meanwhile, the authorisation of the airstrike has left the US Congress sharply divided along party lines.
The airstrike which has raised concerns among the Democrats lawmakers are being applauded by Republican lawmakers who considered the move as justice to scores of American military families.
Democrat lawmakers, however, warned that the airstrike could lead to violence which the country has tried to avoid over the years.
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