Iran’s ambition was thwarted by military intervention as leader of the Revolutionary Guards Qassem Soleimani, Secretary of State and Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a statement.
“Most of the diplomatic prices we paid are due [military] the segment was very important, “Zarif said in a confidential interview on February 24 as part of a” historic “research study released Sunday.” [military] field coma [military] the field did not pay us. ”
He also said that Soleiman – who operates a foreign force in Iran in the Middle East and was killed in a US air strike in Iraq in January 2020 – told him what to do in talks with foreign officials.
“Almost every time I went to talk, it was Martyr Soleiman who said:” I want you to get this opportunity, this point. “He said: ‘When you go to talk to [Russian foreign minister] Lavrov, get 1, 2, 3, 4. ‘. . . If I said don’t use, for example, Iran Air [civilian] aircraft on the Tehran-Syria route [for military purposes], they would not receive. ”
For Iranian officials, protests against the Revolutionary Guards, Islamic Republic of Europe’s main military bases, or militias in the region, which Iran’s top leaders consider necessary for survival, may come with a price.
The comments came as Iranian ambassadors held talks in Vienna this month to help reviving the nuclear alliance that Zarif clashed with international authorities in 2015.
Donald Trump unveiled the US alliance in 2018 and imposed harsh sanctions that weakened Zarif’s opponents. New President Joe Biden has expressed interest in returning to the agreement and is in talks with Iran in the Austrian capital.
The prospect of reaching a new agreement with the US has disrupted Iranian politics ahead of the June 18 presidential election that will end the centrally-centered government of Hassan Rouhani after two incumbents. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
If Zarif agrees to call for change, he could become a game changer, researchers say. If they do not take part, the elites – especially those living in the Revolutionary Guards, the courts and parliament – believe they can easily move to the polls.
Hardline’s troops are determined to upset Zarif, say they want to change things, or they may try to stop him from closely monitoring the actions of the Guardian Council, a law enforcement agency.
A government official close to the activists said the file released could not be used to remove Zarif from office now. He did not answer further. But a reformist politician said the document could be used to oust a foreign minister.
In an interview, Zarif said he did not want to represent the president. “The world is moving forward. . . These months are important. I want to focus more on external relations, not domestic politics. ”
The file was first released on London-based Persian Persian television station Iran International, which the republic considers to be an evil group sponsored by Saudi Arabia. Some Iranian journalists ran a three-hour interview, too, which was also heard by the Financial Times.
Iran’s foreign ministry also said the two sides had been removed from the “secret” platform and were part of a seven-hour interview that could be broadcast if the “concerned” authorities agreed, without giving much.
Although the Islamic Republic considers Russia to be its ally, Zarif said in the media that Moscow had tried to destroy the nuclear deal. He also said that the Revolutionary Guards hid what they had shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane last year. The tragedy, in which 176 civilians and crew members were killed, came just hours after Iran responded to the assassination of Solomon by launching a U.S. military offensive in Iraq. Zarif said he was unaware of the attack.
The nationalist ideology of Islamic Republic leaders, he said, was “established” by the Cold War and that “the few who are capable of making big waves” had “their own interests in showing security in order to make their work known”.
“From the beginning, I have said [Iranian diplomats that] we come to be sacrificed, not to be experts, ”said Zarif.