Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister’s record, which provides a candid assessment of diplomacy and power limits within the Islamic Republic, is publicly leaked, providing a rare look inside the country’s theocracy. Did.
The announcement of comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif caused a major fire in Iran. There, authorities were careful about their words in a harsh political environment, including a powerful paramilitary revolutionary defense force, and were ultimately overseen by the country’s top leaders. Zarif is also proposed as a candidate for Iran’s June 18 presidential election.
Outside of Iran, Zarif’s comments could also influence talks in Vienna aimed at finding a way for both Tehran and the United States to comply with Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. .. already, Interfered with Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz During talks Tehran has begun enriching small amounts of uranium up to 60% purity, This brings the country closer to the weapons grade level.
After the leak was announced, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not challenge the authenticity of the tape. He told journalists on Monday that this recording represents just part of Zarif’s seven-hour interview with a renowned economist who was to be held for posterity by a think tank associated with the President of Iran. Said.
Khatibzadeh called the release of the recording “illegal” and described it as being “selectively” edited, but he and others did not comment on how it was published.
Part of the leaked interview was first aired overnight on Iran International, a London-based Persian satellite news channel.Tehran has criticized in the past for airing a radical spokesman who praised Iran International 2018 radical attack on military parade in Ahvaz It killed at least 25 people, including children.Later UK regulators Rejected Iran’s complaint On the segment.
Iran International shared the file on Monday in just over three hours of an interview with an Associated Press correspondent based in the United Arab Emirates.
In an interview, Zarif said Russia wants to stop the nuclear deal. This is clearly so sensitive that it warns the interviewer. “You definitely can’t release this part.” Russia at the time had a cold relationship with then-President Barack Obama, whose administration secured a contract with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. Russia and Iran are sometimes tense, even though they are allies on the Syrian battlefield...
“If Iran had not been (Donald) Trump’s priority, China and Russia would have been his priority,” Zarif said. “If we always need Russia and China because of hostility with the West, they don’t have to compete with anyone, and they can always enjoy the greatest benefit through us. . “
Both China and Russia have voiced support for a return to the nuclear deal. Their mission in Vienna did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
The recording also includes Zarif, which provides criticism of the separate relationship between General Garsem Soleimani of the Revolutionary Guard Corps and Russia. Baghdad’s Solemani was killed in a 2020 U.S. drone strike, An attack that put the United States and Iran at the time at risk of war. Soleimani’s funeral procession in Iran attracted millions of people to the streets.
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who pushed the Trump administration’s pressure campaign on Iran, later linked to a story about a tape leaked on Twitter. He described it as “a tremendous impact on Iran and the Middle East” and “an exquisite strike.”
“You don’t have to believe my words,” Pompeo wrote, citing Zarif’s comment.
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