Tehran, Iran – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly reprimanded Iran’s top diplomat for his comments on the internal power struggle in a controversial audio tape leaked last week.
In a televised speech on Sunday, Khamenei said he was “surprised and saddened” to hear the late Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks. Major General Qasim SoleimaniHis power and influence without naming the diplomat.
“Some of these comments are a repetition of hostile talks by our enemies, a repetition of America’s words,” he said, referring to the anti-Iranian media releasing the tape.
The London-based Saudi Arabian-funded channel Iran International aired more than three hours of the seven-hour confidential official oral history project.
In the tape, Zarif said he had to do it again and again “Abandon” diplomacy What he refers to as the “field” – the operations and politics led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its outward appearance, especially led by Solaimani, is referred to by the Quds Force until his assassination by the United States last year.
Zarif also said that Solaimani’s visit to Russia was followed by Iran’s subsequent signing of the 2015 nuclear deal with the world power for sabotage and complained that he remained in the dark on many issues, including Iran’s operations in Syria and Iraq.
On Sunday, Khamenei cited strong US opposition to Iran’s growing influence in the region, saying that was why former President Donald Trump ordered it. The murder of Solomon A drone strike in Baghdad in January 2020.
“We should not say things that could mean to them that we are repeating what they are saying, whether it is on the Quds Force or on Shaheed Solaimani,” the top leader said.
He asserted that Iran’s foreign policy, like that of other parts of the world, had not been formulated by the Foreign Ministry, but only by it.
He said Iran’s responsibility falls on the Supreme National Security Council, which is made up of top officials from various parts of the administration.
Last for Zarif?
Khamenei’s remarks will surely encourage more extremists who were reluctant to call on the foreign minister – and the government – and his resignation.
Although it seems unlikely Zarif will resign, especially since his term has expired in a few months and he has spoken to Restoration of the nuclear deal Running in Vienna, top leaders threatening him have cast a shadow over his future in Iranian politics.
A relatively popular figure among the weak centralist and reformist parties, the foreign minister has repeatedly said he has no desire to run in the upcoming June presidential election.
The career diplomat had earlier said he was keen to continue serving as foreign minister, otherwise he would likely back down from his role as a university teacher.
Earlier on Sunday, Zarif apologized to Solaimani’s family for the damage he had caused and said his “truth” to future officials did not detract from Solaimani’s efforts to protect Iran and the region.
In an online post a few days ago, he said his comments were not personal criticism of Solomoni, who credited him with efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan and Iraq and the fight against the Islamic State militant group.
Zarif published another online post after Khamenei’s remarks, saying the top leaders’ remarks were the last point of all discussion and he regretted that his remarks as an “honest transfer of experience” had been leaked and disrupted Khamenei’s peace of mind.
President Rouhani said earlier this week that the leak of audio tapes was an attempt to divide Iran by imposing sanctions on Iran and a multilateral effort in the Austrian capital to curb the country’s nuclear program.
Rouhani instructed his intelligence ministry to find out who leaked the tapes, and similar efforts are under way in the judiciary and parliament.
The president also fired his adviser and head of the Center for Strategic Studies at the president’s office, Hesamodin Ashna, who was in charge of conducting the interview with Zarif.