After the u. s.\" targeted removal \"of iran's top general in iraq on the 3rd, u. s.-iran relations for a time tense, major global and regional countries have expressed concern about the further escalation of the situation.


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged leaders to \"exercise maximum restraint\" on Wednesday and stressed in a statement that neither the Persian Gulf nor the world can afford \"another war,\" AP reported.


In the United Arab Emirates, which is across the sea from Iran, Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash tweeted a call for \"rational engagement and a calm attitude \"; neighboring Qatar, which has close ties to Iran, also called for restraint on both sides in a foreign ministry statement.


\"We are waking up in a more dangerous world. Military upgrades are always dangerous,\" France's deputy foreign minister, Ameli de Montekalin, told RTL radio.


According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo in a telephone conversation late on Wednesday that "the U.S. move has serious consequences for peace and stability in the region and does not help solve the complex problems in the Middle East." Lavrov also urged Washington to "stop the use of illegal force "to achieve its foreign policy goals, but instead to bring "any issue to the negotiating table.”


Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, also said that behind Trump's order to do so was not unrelated to this year's US presidential election.


\"The American military is acting on the orders of American politicians. Everyone should remember and understand that this year is an election year and American politicians have their own interests,\" Zakharova said in a television interview.


Syria's foreign ministry issued a statement that strongly condemned the u. s.as part of u. s.policy of creating tension and fuelling conflict in the region, saying the attack reaffirmed u. s.responsibility for iraq's instability.


Dominic Raab, Britain's foreign secretary, said the British government \"has always recognized the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Al-Quds Brigade.\" \"We urge all parties to ease the situation,\" he said. \"Further conflict is not in our interest.\"


\"I want everyone to calm down and want Iran to change its way of dealing with political issues, as other Arab nations have done in the past,\" Brazilian President Boseonaro said in a television interview.


In the midst of the maelstrom of events in Iran and Iraq, the attack has sparked waves of anger and fears of a worse future. Iran's Supreme National Security Council said in a statement on Wednesday that it had held a special meeting and made \"appropriate decisions\" on how to respond, but did not elaborate.


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Wednesday that there would be \"severe retaliation\" against the United States. After Sulaimani's death, he moved quickly to appoint Maj. Gen. Ismael Ghani as the new commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard \"Al-Quds Brigade\" to take charge of Iran's military operations in Syria, Yemen and other countries. In Iraq, the funeral of the victims is scheduled for Saturday. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi condemned the attack as \"an invasion of Iraq.\" Parliament will have an emergency meeting on Sunday, with Deputy Speaker Hassan al-Kaabi saying \"it's time to discuss ending the U.S. presence in Iraq.\"


Previously, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo defended the attack, saying Mr. Suleimani was \"actively planning to attack U.S. diplomats and soldiers in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.\" US President Donald Trump even more tweeted:\" He should have been killed years ago!\" \"We acted to stop the war, not to start it,\" he said.