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Iranian operative charged with conspiracy to murder John Bolton

Iranian operatives have accused former Trump administration National Security Agency John He has been charged with plotting to kill Bolton, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

US officials have identified him as a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Shahram Poursafi, who is now wanted by the FBI on charges related to a murder plot for hire.

Prosecutors said the act was likely in retaliation for the January 2020 strike killing Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force. .

In a statement, Bolton thanked his FBI and the Department of Justice for their efforts to resolve the case.

"He cannot say much now, but there is one point that is indisputable: the Iranian ruler is a liar, a terrorist, and the US It's about being the enemy," he said.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, the Justice Department's Chief National Security Officer, said, "This is not the first time that Iran's conspiracy to retaliate against individuals in the United States has been uncovered. We will make every effort to expose and interfere," he said. all of these efforts.