The Iranian government confirmed last week that President Ebrahim Raisi will apply for an entry visa to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. The Biden administration is expected to reject his request given Mr. Raisi’s bloody record and Iran’s continued threats against American citizens. On Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled an indictment against a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, designated by the United States as a terrorist organization, for plotting a murder-for-hire against John R. Bolton, who previously served as UN Ambassador and White House National Security Advisor.
This is unacceptable behavior on the part of the Iranian government. Tehran has led other assassination plots on US soil, targeting former US officials such as the former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and recently attempted to kill Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad in Brooklyn. After US intelligence warned of a terrorist threat to a conference of Iranian freedom fighters in Albania last month, sponsors were forced to postpone the event.