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US reveals Iranian plan to assassinate former adviser John Bolton



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US justice on Wednesday uncovered a conspiracy led by a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to assassinate former White House national security adviser John Bolton during the Trump administration.

Scenario worthy of a spy film: US justice revealed on Wednesday 10 August that a member of the Revolutionary Guard of the Republic of Iran’s ideological army had plotted the assassination of John Bolton between October 2021 and April 2022. Donald Trump’s former national security adviser was one of the strongest supporters of Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Shahram Porsafi alias Mehdi Rezai, 45, was charged with offering to pay $300,000 to individuals in the United States to kill John Bolton, the US Justice Department said in a statement. He was also the ambassador to the United States of America.

The plot intended to avenge the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US attack in January 2020, was revealed to authorities by the man who killed John Bolton. His identity has not been revealed.

The allegations of US justice come at a time when the Iranian regime is studying a deal submitted by the European Union to save the 2015 accord on Iranian nuclear, moribund since the withdrawal of the United States in 2018 under the impetus of Donald Trump. Is. , Then he was mentored by John Bolton.

For months, Tehran has conditioned any agreement on removing the Revolutionary Guards from the blacklist of US terrorist organizations.

“This is not the first time that we have uncovered a conspiracy by Iran to seek revenge on American soil and we will work tirelessly to uncover and prevent each such attempt,” the deputy security minister said. Justice, Matthew Olsen.

According to the indictment, in late 2021, Shahram Porsafi came in contact with a man who had committed the murder. It was actually an informant for the US Federal Police (FBI). For months, they exchanged messages.

One Million Dollars in Cryptocurrency for the Second Goal

Shahram Porsafi ordered him to open a cryptocurrency account, then gave him the business address of a former adviser to Donald Trump. Then he urged them to implement the plan before the first anniversary of the death of Qasim Sulemani.

As the date of January 3, 2022 passed, Shahram Porsafi continued to push the informant to kill John Bolton, promising him a $1 million contract if he managed to hit the second target.

Bolton supported the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal.

The FBI has published a wanted poster for Shahram Porsafi with several photographs, two of which show him wearing the Revolutionary Guard uniform. “During their exchange, the confidential source repeatedly referred to Porsafi as being associated with the Quds Force. Porsafi never denied it,” the US Justice said.

If arrested, which is unlikely because he is in Iran, Shahram Porsafi faces up to 25 years in prison.

Donald Trump’s national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, John Bolton, considered the 2015 nuclear deal a “big strategic error”. He publicly supported Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the deal, which aims to guarantee the civilian character of Iran’s nuclear program.

The indictment states that John Bolton was aware of the conspiracy and cooperated with investigators.

Iran still ‘serious and credible’ threat against Pompeo

In a statement, he called Iranian officials “liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States”, calling on President Joe Biden not to back down from the Iran deal.

Jake Sullivan, the current White House national security adviser, tweeted that Tehran would face “serious consequences” if it attacks current or former US officials.

Last March, the State Department revealed to Congress that it had to pay $2 million a month to ensure the security of former head of diplomacy Mike Pompeo in the face of “serious and credible” threats from Iran. ,

Along with John Bolton, Mike Pompeo was one of the main architects of the Trump administration’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran.

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