US President Donald Trump has reportedly been issued with an arrest warrant by Iran for the US drone strike which killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad earlier this year.

Iran has asked Interpol to help it detain Mr Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike of General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, according to local news sources.

State-owned news agency Irna reported that Tehran would pursue Mr Trump and 30 others for “murder and terrorism charges” which would continue even after Mr Trump’s presidency had ended.

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Iran reportedly requested a “red notice” for Mr Trump which is the highest arrest request Interpol can issue.

Mr Trump is not likely to face any danger of arrest, however, as Interpol, which works with countries around the world to tackle international crime, cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects.

Interpol’s guidelines on notices forbid it from “undertaking any intervention or activities of a political” nature.

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Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran, said: “It’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish.”

General Soleimani was considered to be one of the top officials in Iran, heading the elite Quds Force, the overseas operations arm of the country’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, which defends the country’s Islamic system.