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Iran says assassination of Soleimani was an act of 'international terrorism' - TV

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guest house in Beijing, China December 31, 2019. Noel Celis/Pool via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - The killing of Iranian Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani by the United States in Iraq was an act of “international terrorism,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday according to state TV.

“It was an extremely dangerous, foolish escalation ... He was the most effective force fighting against Islamic State and al Qaeda terrorists,” Zarif said.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Chris Reese