Tehran on Thursday rejected “ridiculous” allegations by US courts that a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards plotted the assassination of former White House national security adviser John Bolton.
The revelations come after US judges confirmed that a member of the Revolutionary Guards, the Ideological Army of the Republic of Iran, had conspired to assassinate John Bolton, a former White House national security adviser. Iran denied the allegations Thursday, August 11.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani called them “ridiculous”. “The American judicial officers made allegations without providing valid proof”, he denounced.
A day earlier, the US Department of Justice announced that Shahram Porsafi, alias Mehdi Rezai, 45, was charged with offering to pay individuals in the United States $300,000 to kill John Bolton in his absence. who was also the United States Ambassador to the United States. Nations.
The plot to avenge the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, killed in a US attack in January 2020, was revealed to authorities by the man who killed John Bolton, whose identity has not been released.
a cryptocurrency account
The case comes as the Iranian regime was studying a deal submitted by the European Union to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, inspired by Donald Trump since the United States withdrew in 2018, then advised by John Bolton. .
For months, Tehran has reached no agreement to remove the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic, from a blacklist of American terrorist organizations.
“This is not the first time we have uncovered an Iranian plot for revenge on American soil and we will work tirelessly to uncover and prevent each such attempt,” the deputy security minister said. Judge, Matthew Olsen.
According to the indictment, in late 2021, Shahram Porsafi came into contact with a man suspected of having committed the murder, who was actually a federal police (FBI) informant. Shahram Porsafi ordered him to open a cryptocurrency account, then gave him the business address of a former adviser to Donald Trump, before urging him to execute the plan before the anniversary of Qasem’s death Soleimani.
The powerful Iranian general, architect of Iranian strategy in the Middle East, was at the head of the Al-Quds Force, in charge of external operations within the Revolutionary Guards. He was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020. As the anniversary passed, Shahram Porsafi continued to push the informant to kill John Bolton, promising him a million dollar contract for a another target if successful.
The FBI released a wanted poster for Shahram Porsafi with several photographs, two of which show him wearing Revolutionary Guards uniform.
The American justice declared: “During their exchanges, the confidential source mentioned several times that Shahram Porsafi was associated with the Quds Force. Porsafi never denied it. If arrested, which is unlikely as he is likely to be in Iran, Shahram Porsafi faces up to 25 years in prison.
Bolton gave information about the plot
John Bolton, Donald Trump’s national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, called the 2015 nuclear deal a “big strategic mistake”. He publicly supported Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement, known by its English acronym JCPOA, which aims to guarantee the civilian character of Iran’s nuclear program.
The indictment says John Bolton learned of the plot and cooperated with investigators, allowing him to send Shahram Porsafi photographs taken outside his offices in Washington. In a statement, John Bolton called Iranian officials “liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States”.
Jake Sullivan, the current White House national security adviser, tweeted that Tehran would face “serious consequences” if it attacks current or former US officials.
American justice has not identified the second target, but according to the Axios site, it is Mike Pompeo, the former head of diplomacy. Citing a source close to the former foreign minister, Axios said the Justice Ministry had “confirmed directly” to him that he was a target.
Along with John Bolton, Mike Pompeo was one of the main architects of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy on Iran.