US complains to Moscow of Iran gen. trip

‘If it happened it would be a violation of Security Council resolutions,’ says State Dept.

US complains to Moscow of Iran gen. trip

World Bulletin / News Desk

 The alleged travel of a top Iranian general to Russia would be a violation of UN resolutions, the State Department said Thursday.

“If it happened it would be a violation of Security Council resolutions,” spokesman John Kirby told reporters, noting that it is “certainly then a matter of serious concerns to the United States.”

Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, reportedly traveled to Moscow in late July to meet with senior Russian officials.

Secretary of State John Kerry raised the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a Thursday morning call, Kirby said. The spokesman did not disclose Moscow’s response.

During the call, Kerry also spoke with his Russian counterpart about options for finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, now on its fifth year. Diplomatic momentum for a resolution reportedly gained traction earlier this month after a multilateral meeting in Doha, and Kirby said the matter continues to be discussed between Moscow, Washington and Riyadh.

“Everybody agreed that a political solution to the conflict in Syria is what's needed, and there continues to be discussion trilaterally certainly between those three nations, to try to explore those options,” Kirby said. “That was a topic of discussion this morning when Secretary Kerry and the foreign minister spoke.”

Regarding the recently brokered Iran nuclear accord, Kirby said that America's top diplomat will continue to lobby lawmakers right up until an expected vote in September, because Kerry is "not taking any vote for granted".

 

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