Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday held phone talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during which he described the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq by the United States as an act of terrorism.
Zarif reiterated what he said in the immediate aftermath of the attack, namely that the US is to bear the full responsibility for the consequences of its airstrikes in Baghdad that killed Soleimani.
Iran’s National Security Council warned that it would respond to the death of Soleimani "at the right time and in the right place."
Following the confirmation of the Quds commander's death both by Tehran and Washington, the US Embassy in Lebanon urged American citizens in the country to maintain a high level of vigilance.
The travel warning followed similar statements issued by US diplomatic missions across the region, most notably in Iraq, where Americans were advised to leave the country immediately.
Lebanon is home to the Hezbollah military and political movement, considered to be the strongest Iran ally in the Middle East.