, Iranians in America accused of plotting to assassinate Bolton
The US is prosecuting a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards for allegedly ordering the assassination of a former security adviser. However, the alleged perpetrator largely resides abroad.
A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the United States has been charged with conspiracy to assassinate John Bolton, a security adviser to former US President Donald Trump. The Justice Department said in Washington on Wednesday that a 45-year-old Tehran man is charged with ordering the murder and promised a $300,000 reward. According to the ministry, he is abroad extensively. The ministry did not provide any further details about the whereabouts.
Prosecutors believe the plan was in retaliation for an attack in January 2020 in which Iranian General Qassem Soleimani (Read here how General Soleimani was attackedNothing is known about the attack on Bolton, who is now 73 years old. The longtime diplomat, considered a hardliner, was the White House national security adviser in 2018 and 2019. He then resigned in a dispute with Trump.
Biden’s security adviser threatens dire consequences
“This is not the first time we have uncovered an Iranian revenge plot against people on American soil, and we will work tirelessly to uncover and thwart all these attempts,” Deputy Attorney General Matthew Olsen said. If Irani is caught and convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison for the plans and 15 years more for the promised payment. According to the ministry, the murder conspiracy began in the autumn of 2021.
Bolton thanked the Justice Department and the FBI. A statement said: “Iranian officials are liars, terrorists, and enemies of the United States. Their radical, anti-American objectives remain unchanged; their promises are worthless.” Iran is fast becoming a global threat. Bolton has strongly opposed the revival of the Iran nuclear deal. US President Joe Biden is targeting this. Trump unilaterally terminated the agreement.
Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned: “Should Iran attack any of our citizens, including those who continue to serve or who have served the United States, Iran will have serious consequences.” Will have to suffer.”
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