Iran’s foreign minister apologized on Sunday for a publicly leaked comment memo last week offering a candid assessment of the country’s power struggles, sparking less of a political fire in Iran. More than two months before the presidential election, it appeared to anger the Supreme Leader of Iran.
Mohammad Javad Zarif’s memoirs include outspoken comments about the deceased Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who died in a US drone attack in Iraq last year, as well as criticism of the policy. He was in Syria and his relationship with Russia
“I hope that the great people of Iran and the lovers of General (Soleimani) and especially the great family of Soleimani will forgive me,”; Zarif said in an Instagram post.
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In a speech that was aired on Sunday later, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni appeared to the official Lumbast Zarif, although he was not named. He followed
“It is a big mistake that officials of the Islamic Republic must not do,” said Khamenei, referring to the leaked comment. “Some observations have been heard from the authorities, which are heartbreaking and surprising.”
He added: “Some of these comments are a duplicate of what Iran’s enemies have to say.”
Zarif’s leaked comments sent shock waves across Iran, where officials recall their words amid a cut-throat political environment, including the powerful Revolutionary Guard, where the country’s supreme leader eventually stayed. Supervised by Zarif’s criticism of the venerable Soleimani, whose funeral procession in Iran drew millions to the streets, immediately sparking conflicts.
In the audio recording, Zarif has problems with Soleimani’s ties to Russia, where he is accused of trying to break Tehran’s key nuclear deal in 2015 with world powers. He also condemned Soleimani’s refusal to stop using the US-sanctioned Iranian national airline, Iran Air, to operate in war-torn Syria due to Zarif’s objections.
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Zarif can be heard emphasized at various points on the seven-hour tape that was not intended for the release.
“If I had known that its sentence would be made public, I wouldn’t have mentioned it as before,” he said in an Instagram post remorse.
Speculation has emerged in recent weeks that Iranian official Zarif may be most closely associated with the now glorious nuclear deal will challenge the upcoming vote. Khamenae’s clear condemnation of State Secretary of State raises doubts about the president’s ambitions he may have, while the Guardian Council, a senior clergy and legal expert acting under the law. Meni is a vet.Zarif insists he doesn’t want to run.