Gunman arrested outside Iranian-American journalist's home in New York

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Gunman arrested outside Iranian-American journalist's home in New York

Masih Alinejad is the author and feminist activist behind the anti-veil movement in Iran.

A A man armed with a Kalashnikov was arrested last week in New York outside the home of an Iranian-American feminist journalist and activist, hostile to Tehran and the target of a planned kidnapping in 2018.

Last Wednesday and Thursday, Khalid Mehdiyev was surprised around Masih Alinejad's home in Brooklyn, New York.

The man was finally arrested at the end of last week by the FBI who discovered an AK-47 rifle and about 60 rounds of ammunition in his car, according to a note from Federal Police filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

Masih Alinejad is not named in these court documents made public over the weekend, but she confirmed on Twitter on Sunday and Monday, using CCTV footage, that the man arrested by New York police had attempted to return to [her] home in New York with a loaded gun to kill [her].

Last year, the FBI prevented the Islamic Republic [of Iran] from kidnapping me. My crime is to give a voice to the voiceless. The US government must be tough on terrorism, the feminist activist wrote on social media.

In July 2021, American justice indicted four Iranian intelligence agents, accused of having prepared the kidnapping of Masih Alinejad in 2018 by trying to force Iranian relatives of the journalist to lure him into a prison. third countries, so that she is arrested, taken to Iran and imprisoned.

Last summer, as a sign of support, the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken spoke with this Iranian-American activist, known in particular for his positions against the wearing of the hijab by women in Iran and for his statements and writings hostile to the Tehran regime.

In New York, the American association United Against Nuclear Iran (United against nuclear Iran) welcomed Monday this new arrest and declared by the voice of its president, the former Ambassador Mark Wallace that Americans will never tolerate elements of a hostile power threatening to carry out attacks on United States soil.

Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic relations since 1980 following the Islamic Revolution the previous year.

In the 2010s, the timid warming between the two countries, thanks to the international agreement on the Iranian nuclear program concluded in July 2015, had been undermined by the American withdrawal of this text in 2018, under the presidency of Donald Trump, and by the resumption by Tehran of uranium enrichment.

Negotiations to revive this agreement were relaunched in April 2021, but have stalled since last March.

However, this Monday, Iranian diplomacy said it was optimistic about a resumption of these discussions following a draft compromise presented by the x27;European Union and welcomed, also on Monday at the UN, Antony Blinken.

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