Iranians mourn assassinated senior generalat funeral

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Added On January 8, 2020

 In Tehran, hundreds of thousands of Iranians have mourned the assassination of senior general Qassem Soleimani by the U.S.

On Monday, the mourners flooded to streets to pay their tribute to Soleimani. They shouted anti-U.S. slogans and carried placards calling for the "immediate departure" of U.S. forces from the region.
 
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei performed the official religious ritual for Soleimani's body.
 
Senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani,  also attended the funeral ceremony.
 
Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, who has been appointed by Khamenei the new commander of Quds Force of the IRGC, vowed to take revenge.
 
 
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint to stop escalation of global tensions.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
 
"My message is simple and clear: Stop escalation. Exercise maximum restraint. Re-start dialogue. Renew international cooperation. Let us not forget the terrible human suffering caused by war. As always, ordinary people pay the highest price. It is our common duty to avoid it."
 
 
Also on Monday,Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China urged the United States not to abuse force and call on relevant parties to exercise restraint to prevent a spiral escalation. Efforts should be made to resume dialogue and consultation as soon as possible to cool off tensions.