On Wednesday, former national security adviser John Bolton slammed the Biden administration for negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran after news that Biden was the target of an Iranian assassination attempt, saying the attempt to “pacify” Tehran was encouraging the sting of U.S. officials. threat.
Bolton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in “The Situation Room” that President Biden should not be trying to revive the 2015 restrictions on Iran’s nuclear capabilities because of the nature of the Iranian regime “that drives it to do this.” In exchange for the U.S. easing of the deal to impose sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.
“The administration continued to show weakness to Iran by begging for a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, which is a big mistake,” said Bolton, a longtime Iran hawk. “It encourages Tehran to engage in such terrorist activities.”
Department of Justice Wednesday Charge an Iranian nationalist and members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who planned to hire someone to kill Bolton.
The Justice Department said Shahram Poursafi began planning the attack in October, possibly in retaliation for Bolton in retaliation for the January 2020 U.S. drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force.
According to the Justice Department, Poursafi planned to pay up to $300,000 for someone to kill Bolton in Maryland or Washington, D.C., and to maintain contact with a U.S. resident who he demanded to kill Bolton. Residents are listed as classified sources in department filings.
Poursafi also offered a $1 million reward for killing another unknown person, Axios reports that Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also served under Trump.
Earlier this month, police thwarted what they said Attempted assassination of a prominent Iranian journalist in New York Citywhich she blamed on Tehran.
The Biden administration has been in indirect talks with Tehran for months in an effort to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which former President Trump scrapped in 2018.
Negotiations appear to be increasingly deadlocked.Biden U.S. won’t “wait forever”, said last month Reinstate the new nuclear deal
Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration in 2019, was not involved in the drone attack on Soleimani, but he has long encouraged a more aggressive stance toward Iran. He also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush.
On Wednesday, Bolton said the JCPOA was a “mistake” and did not “get better with age” and urged the government to drop negotiations.
“The government has been on its knees in Vienna, [Austria]begging to re-engage in the deal, which signals weakness,” Bolton said.
“If this doesn’t show Iran’s willingness to try to intimidate its adversaries, I don’t know what else to say.”