Bolton responds to alleged assassination plot| MENAFN.COM

Monday, 26 September 2022 06:31 GMT

Bolton responds to alleged assassination plot


(MENAFN) John Bolton, a defunct US national security adviser, spoke on Thursday that he was "embarrassed" by a low price tag that had allegedly been placed on his head as part of an alleged Iranian national assassination plot.

Shahram Poursafi, a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was charged with crimes on Wednesday by the US Justice Department for allegedly planning an assassination attempt against longtime anti-Iran hawk Bolton.

The DOJ claims that Poursafi intended to kill Bolton, possibly in retaliation for the drone strike that US President Donald Trump ordered that resulted in the death of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general and head of the IRGC-Quds Force, in the beginning of 2020. According to the department, Poursafi tried to hire someone for $300,000 to kill Bolton on US soil.

Bolton, who was also the US ambassador to the UN, said he was "embarrassed at the low price" when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer what he thought of the DOJ announcement.

“I would have thought it would have been higher,” he asserted. “But I guess maybe it was the exchange rate problem or something.”

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