The foreign minister of Iran is doing everything he can to make Americans forget that John Kerry compromised their safety. Mohammad Javad Zarif released an official apology on Sunday for leaking sensitive information to the public, the aftermath of which caused an eruption of chaos in Iran just months before elections and the selection of Iran’s Supreme Leader.
The leaked recording includes comments between Kerry and Zarif about General Quassem Soleimani, who died last year after an American drone attack, and voiced numerous criticisms of him and his relationships and policies with Syria and Russia.
Zariff voiced his hope that Iranian citizens and all those who loved the General, especially his family, would forgive him.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, later spoke about the event in a somewhat veiled manner calling remarks by Zarif, “regrettable and surprising.” He also stated that some of the comments made were similar to what Iran’s enemies would say. Though the Supreme Leader’s comments weren’t made directly towards Zarif, it is speculated that Khamenei was addressing these leaks of information.
Zarif’s words caused shock waves all throughout Iran, where increasing tensions warrant careful selection of words by all of Iran’s leaders. Especially after the death of Soleimani, who was so revered that his funeral brought millions of citizens out to the streets.
Throughout the leaked taped, which contains more than seven hours of data, Zarif is heard multiple times stressing that the tape should not be released. Since the leak, Zarif has repeatedly stated that he wouldn’t have said anything he did if he knew the tape would make it out to the public. But it’s too little too late for Americans, as most citizens have already heard about the controversial recordings.
Author: Roger Lamb