(FiveNation.com)- Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi is trying to obtain a visa to travel to the United States so he can attend the United Nations General Assembly next month in New York. And former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling on the Biden administration to deny Raisi’s visa over the recent reports that Iranian operatives had plotted to kill top former US officials.
The Justice Department recently announced charges against a member of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for an alleged plot to kill former national security advisor John Bolton.
According to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Matthew Graves, the suspect, Shahram Poursafi, is wanted by the FBI in connection to the alleged plot against John Bolton. Officials believe the plot was likely in retaliation for the January 2020 drone strike that killed IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
Using encrypted messaging apps, Poursafi allegedly offered $300,000 to hire someone to kill Boulton. He also alluded to a $1 million offer for an additional future job.
According to subsequent reports, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the likely target of the “future” job.
In a statement to Fox News, Nikki Haley said the Biden administration should “under no circumstances” permit the Iranian president into the country.
She added that President Raisi “should not be allowed to stain American soil.”