Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reportedly complained that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has more sway over the country than he has, according to a leaked recording published on Sunday by the London-based Iran International Persian-language satellite news channel.

“I have never been able to tell a military commander to do something in order to aid diplomacy,” he said, wrote Reuters.

He also said he had “zero” influence over the country’s foreign policy.

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded that only selected audio was released from the seven-hour interview.

Zarif apparently also criticized IRGC Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, 62, who was killed by an American drone attack on Jan. 3, 2020, insinuating that the commander attempted to foil the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by colluding with Russia.

“He [Soleimani] asked me to make this or that concession or point almost every time I went to negotiate” with world powers, said Zarif, according to the report. “The [military] field’s success was more important than diplomacy’s success. I was negotiating for the [military] field’s success.”

JNS

Support
Jewish News Syndicate


With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.

Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.

If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.

We appreciate your support.