According to the audio, Foreign Minister Zarif claimed Kerry stated that, Israel had attacked Iranian strongholds in Syria around 200 times. The state-sponsored militant guard overruled government decisions and ignored counsel. The assassination Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani had garnered more damage than the total obliteration of a city.
Qassim Soleimani was allegedly cozy with the Russian government in an attempt to thwart a Nuclear deal between Iran and global powers. The debate comes on the heels of a Biden administration push to revisit a nuclear pact with Iran. This would echo efforts by the Obama Administration.
The report comes as the Biden administration has aggressively pursued Iran in recent talks to reenter the nuclear deal, despite fierce opposition from Israel. The leak could damage Iran’s negotiating position as news that the Revolutionary Guard, which is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), calls the shots in Iran is not likely to be received well.
The timing of the leak, which could not be worse for Iran, is also another international embarrassment for the nation after it has repeatedly had its nuclear facilities attacked and had its top nuclear scientists assassinated.
“Our Administration’s exquisite strike on Qasem Soleimani had a massive impact on Iran and the Middle East,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter. “You don’t have to take my word for it, ask @JZarif . President Biden still thinks it was a mistake.”
“Zarif has no power, as he now admits, but his mendacity on behalf of the brutal regime continues to beguile naive westerners who pretend he does,” Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the non-partisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), wrote on Twitter. “They are unwittingly (or, in some cases, wittingly) serving the IRGC and Khamenei.”