Former Secretary of State John Kerry sold out Israel, America’s top ally in the Middle East, to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, according to leaked audio of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking with an economist.
The remarks, which were not supposed to be for publication, were leaked to a publication in London and subsequently reported on by The New York Times.
Key takeaways from the leaked audio:
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said.
- Zarif said the Revolutionary Guards Corps call the shots, overruling many government decisions and ignoring advice.
- [Zarif] also says that by assassinating [Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of the Guards’ elite Quds Force] in Iraq, the United States delivered a major blow to Iran, more damaging than if it had wiped out an entire city in an attack.
The report said that Suleimani worked with the Russian government to “sabotage the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.” Zarif’s remarks about Russia wanting to sabotage the deal were so sensitive that he warned the interviewer, saying, “You definitely can never release this part.”
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.”
National security expert Tim Morrison, who was on Trump’s National Security Council and is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told The Daily Wire earlier this year that the Biden administration was giving up all leverage as it tried to restart the “dangerously flawed” nuclear deal.
“The Biden Administration is repeating the mistakes of the Obama Administration,” Morrison said. “It’s making concessions to get nothing more than a meeting. The Iran deal was dangerously flawed in 2015. In 2021, with key provisions expired, it’s simply national security malpractice to return to that deal. The Trump Administration bequeathed Biden tremendous leverage over Iran—it must not squander it.”