World cannot afford another Gulf war, says UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for de-escalation in the Gulf, said his spokesman on January 3.

"The Secretary-General has consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf. He is deeply concerned with the recent escalation," said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Guterres.

"This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint," the UN chief was quoted as saying. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf, he added.

The situation in the Gulf escalated dramatically after the killing of a top Iranian military commander by the US forces at a Baghdad airport in Iraq on January 2.

* Turkey on Friday (January 3) called on Iran and the United States to avoid unilateral steps that would jeopardize regional stability over the killing of Qasem Soleimani, a commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

* President Donald Trump said on Friday he ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani to stop a war, not start one, saying the Iranian military commander was planning imminent attacks on Americans.

* Iran promised vengeance after a US air strike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qassem Soleimani, Tehran's most prominent military commander and the architect of its growing influence in the Middle East.

* Iran will launch legal measures at the international level to hold the United States to account for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Tehran's most prominent military commander, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told state TV on Friday.

* The United States' killing of Iran's most prominent military commander, Qassem Soleimani, is virtual to starting a war and "the response for a military action is a military action," Iran's U.N. ambassador said on Friday.

* Yemen's Saudi-backed government on Friday said it considered the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani an important step to end conflict in the region.

* The United States is sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising threats to American forces in the region, the Pentagon said on Friday.