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UN mourns death of Iranian president

2024-05-22 00:59 Last Updated At:04:27

The United Nations mourned the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi with its flag being lowered to half-mast at the UN headquarters on Tuesday and members of the UN Security Council observing a minute of silence on Monday.

The United Nations flag was lowered to half-mast at the UN headquarters in New York City to mourn for the death of Raisi.

Members of the UN Security Council on Monday observed a minute of silence to mourn the deaths of Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other passengers in Sunday's helicopter crash.

At the beginning of a Security Council meeting on Monday morning, Mozambique's UN ambassador Pedro Comissario Afonso, who chaired the meeting, asked all those present in the Security Council chamber to stand and observe a minute of silence for the tragic losses of lives and to present condolences and sympathy to their families and to the people of Iran.

He said the minute of silence was requested by Russia, China, and Algeria.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mariano Grossi also led a minute of silence for the victims of the crash at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Monday, prior to an international conference on the future of nuclear security.

Raisi was confirmed dead on Monday after his helicopter crashed in Iran's mountainous northwestern region on Sunday.

Preparations are underway for mourning ceremonies across Iran, with crowds already gathering in the capital city Tehran on Monday to mourn those who died in the crash.

UN mourns death of Iranian president

UN mourns death of Iranian president

A Chinese defense spokesperson Friday said China will take all necessary countermeasures against the Philippines' dangerous and escalating acts.

Zhang Xiaogang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks when responding to a media question about the recent moves by the Philippine side in areas of Ren'ai Jiao (Reef) and Xianbin Jiao.

"Nansha Qundao (Nansha Islands), including Ren'ai Jiao and Xianbin Jiao, is inherent territory of China, and it is legitimate and reasonable for the Chinese side to carry out law enforcement activities in waters under its jurisdiction. China has repeatedly made clear its principled position on this. In fact, the Philippine side broke its promises on the Ren'ai Jiao issue, played with fire and made provocations to escalate tension. Such behavior is like a thief crying 'stop thief'. It has even cooked up and spread disinformation about Xianbin Jiao in an attempt to cover up its infringements and provocations. Such behavior fully shows that the Philippine side is undoubtedly the one that undermines peace and creates instability. The Chinese side has remained highly vigilant and will continue to take all necessary countermeasures against the dangerous and escalating acts of the Philippine side," said the spokesperson.

China vows to take resolute countermeasures against Philippines' dangerous acts: spokesman

China vows to take resolute countermeasures against Philippines' dangerous acts: spokesman

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