Exercise maximum restraint, UN chief warns

UNITED Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres is warning of the risk of any miscalculation amid global tensions “at their highest level this century.”
The U.N. chief says these tensions are “leading more and more countries to take unpredicted decisions with unpredictable consequences.”
Guterres told reporters this Monday that his message is simple: “Stop escalation. Exercise maximum restraint. Re-start dialogue. Renew international cooperation,” and avoid a new war.
He did not mention any countries by name. But his comments follow the U.S. killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. The U.S. has threatened airstrikes inside Iran if Tehran retaliates for the killing.
If the U.S. were to directly bomb Iran, it could spark a war and lead to region-wide violence, potentially drawing other countries into a global conflict.
NATO’s Secretary-General is calling for restraint as tensions mount sharply between the United States and Iran, after Iran’s top general was killed in a U.S. airstrike.
Jens Stoltenberg chaired emergency talks between NATO ambassadors in Brussels on Monday. He says the 29 allies “called for restraint and de-escalation. A new conflict would be in no one’s interest.”
Stoltenberg says the members underlined their long-held “concern about Iran’s destabilising activities in the wider Middle East region.”
He says several U.S. briefers explained the “rationale” behind the Trump administration’s decision to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, but he declined to provide details.
Asked about concern within NATO over the unilateral U.S. move, Stoltenberg said only that the airstrike was “a U.S. decision.”
The United States is by far the biggest and most influential member of NATO.