Dr. Emad Abshenas, an Iranian political analyst who serves as the head of the Iranian Research Centers Union, said in an August 12, 2022 show on Alghad TV (UAE/Egypt) that Iran has placed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former National Security Advisor John Bolton, as well as "all of CENTCOM", on its terror list for their role in the January 2020 assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. He said that Pompeo and Bolton would have already been dead if Iran wanted to assassinate them, but that Iran wants to take them to trial in the international courts, since simply killing them would be "letting them off the hook." He also claimed that Pompeo has lost over 100lbs out of fear of being assassinated by Iran. This came following an August 10, announcement by the U.S. DOJ that a member of the IRGC was charged with a plot to assassinate Pompeo and Bolton.
Dr. Emad Abshenas: "If Iran wanted to assassinate [Pompeo and Bolton], they would be in their graves by now. They would not be alive.
"Iran will definitely avenge Soleimani's blood, but how it will do this is another thing. So far, Iran has wanted the international courts to place those terrorists on trial.
"Iran has placed these individuals on its terror list. All of CENTCOM is on the Iranian terror list today. If the American logic is correct, Iran also has the right to kill the terrorists in this region.
"When the U.S. placed the IRGC on its terror list, Iran placed all of CENTCOM on its terror list. So all the U.S. forces in the region are on Iran's terror list. Following the American terror operation of assassinating the martyr Soleimani, Iran placed all the individuals involved in this operation — 84 individuals, including Pompeo, Bolton, and others — on the Iranian terror lists.
"A painful [Iranian] retaliation means that these individuals will live like walking dead. This would be a more painful retaliation. Letting these individuals off the hook by killing them would not satisfy the Iranians' desire for revenge for the terror attacks perpetrated by these individuals. We can see that Pompeo has lost 40-50 kilograms, out of fear of being assassinated. This is perhaps a greater punishment than letting him off the hook by assassinating him. The same is true with regard to Bolton and others."