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US accuses Iranian of trying to assassinate ex-Trump adviser

The United States has filed charges against a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for planning the assassination of John Bolton, who was a National Security Adviser during Donald Trump’s period in the US presidency.

According to the Justice Department indictment released Wednesday, Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, allegedly attempted to assassinate Bolton in retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guard, in a U.S. operation in January 2019. 2020.

Poursafi, 45 and a native of Tehran, was charged in a Washington court with conspiracy to murder for planning, at the end of 2021, the payment of US$ 300 thousand for hired killers to murder Bolton in the metropolitan area of ​​the US capital.

On social media, the former Trump adviser thanked the Justice Department for initiating criminal proceedings, the FBI for tracking the plan of assassination and the Secret Service for protecting him.

“Iranian leaders are liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States. (…) They are a growing global threat,” Bolton said.

In turn, current National Security Adviser in the administration of President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, said in a statement that the The White House “will not compromise when it comes to protecting all Americans from violence and terrorism.”

“If Iran attacks any of our citizens, including those who work or have worked as government officials, they will suffer serious consequences”, he warned.

According to the Department of Justice, the member of the Revolutionary Guard maintained contacts between October of 2021 and April of 2022 with contract killers in the United States to monitor Bolton’s steps and execute the killing.

In those communications, Poursafi revealed the pressure of his chain of command to carry out the crime as quickly as possible and promised have a second mission, about which no details were given.

He also regretted that the assassination was not carried out on 3 January. This year marks the second anniversary of the assassination of Soleimani in a drone strike ordered by Trump at Baghdad airport.

In the last exchange of messages recorded by the FBI, one of the contract killers complained about the lack of payment, and Poursafi responded by sending US$ 100 in cryptocurrencies.

If convicted, the member of the Revolutionary Guard could receive a sentence of up to 2020 years in prison for the murder plot.

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