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Following visa rejection, Congressman Pompeo says Iran has something to hide

Congressman Pompeo (R-KS) says he and the other lawmakers had no hidden motives when they...
Congressman Pompeo (R-KS) says he and the other lawmakers had no hidden motives when they applied for their visas to Iran. (GRAYDC)
Published: Jun. 16, 2016 at 2:18 PM CDT
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Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) was rejected. The Iranian government told him he’s not welcome after Pompeo and two other lawmakers applied for visas to visit the country.

"It’s clear that the Iranians have something to hide,” said Pompeo.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s rejection of Pompeo’s visa came after a long wait. Pompeo says he wanted to observe the nation’s election process, and to ensure Iran is upholding up its end of the Nuclear Agreement.

"Our mission wasn’t to ruffle feathers,” said Pompeo. "Our mission was to go try and understand what the Iranian regime is doing, not only in Iran but around the world.”

In a letter to Pompeo, the Iranians say they consider his visa request a “publicity stunt” and “not an appropriate request.” And they say, that’s not likely to change.

"We didn’t demand to come, we applied for a visa,” said Pompeo. "We requested to come to their country as members of Congress do all the time, to countries all around the world.”

Pompeo says he and the other rejected lawmakers will respond in the coming weeks and push back against what he says is Iranian terror.