Rouhani says the lost tape aimed at sowing division in Iran | Middle East News
The Iranian president asked about the timing of the drop as the country is in talks to restore a nuclear deal.
Tunduma, Iran – Hourly table Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned of divisions planted by “enemies” in the country after he revealed that his ambassador was discussing serious internal conflicts, sparking a storm in the country.
More than three hours of so-called seven-hour tape of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks on a number of issues were released earlier this week by Iran International, a Farsi-based London-speaking network sponsored by Saudi Arabia.
The president said at a televised conference Wednesday that the selected tape, which was one of the previous projects aimed at documenting his administration, was “stolen” from items confiscated by the law ministry.
“It was released when Vienna did well,” Rouhani said of talks taking place in the Austrian capital to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran’s nuclear deal in 2015 and the United States international powers left in 2018.
“He wants to create divisions in the country. How can we do that? How can we remove those restrictions? It is one and the same. ”
A meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission was held between Iran, China, Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom on Tuesday, where delegates agreed to advance efforts to curb US sanctions and ban Iran’s nuclear weapons program from pursuing an agreement.
In the hearing, the ambassador mentioned that at times the talks should be “sacrificed” for the so-called “field” – military and political activities run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), especially its foreign Quds Force led by Qassem Solomon until he was assassinated by US in January 2020.
Zarif also described Russia’s opposition to the JCPOA as it did not benefit Iran’s relationship with the West, and how Russian President Vladimir Putin assured Solomon to increase Iran’s presence in the Syrian civil war and air travel to the country.
The Foreign Minister who first heard from his counterpart John Kerry that Israel had made 200 air strikes against Iran’s interests in Syria caused a storm in the US, with many Republicans demanding that Kerry step down by revealing secrets.
Pressured by lawmakers, Zarif said Wednesday he wanted a “positive change” between the military and the negotiations, in response to the first public hearing on the tape released.
Zarif posted a video earlier this week during a visit to Soleman’s assassination in Baghdad, and wrote that his comments should be part of a “private discussion about the importance of dialogue and a constructive dialogue”.
Praising Solomon for his character and trying to establish peace in Afghanistan and Iraq, in addition to fighting the ISIL (ISIS) militant group, Zarif said his comments should not be taken as criticism of the late leader.
President Rouhani also said Wednesday that “the” part “and the negotiations go hand in hand, that Solomon was an ambassador in addition to being a soldier, and that some of the things Zarif said were his thoughts, not his government’s views.
Iran’s security chief Ali Shamkhani sent a message Tuesday that “there are no two” in the field of policy and negotiation because they are all based on “proven principles of Islamic evolution” that undermined the establishment of theocracy here in 1979.
Meanwhile, courageous government opponents strongly criticized Zarif and confirmed the failure of the leadership to keep the tape safe.
Parliament spokesman Mohamad Bagher Ghalibaf sent a photo of Solomon among the militants taking his selfies, pointing out that some were trying to use him to “achieve their political goals”.
The State Security Committee has asked Zarif to clarify his statement and say his aim is to find out who released the tape.
Hardline newspaper Vatan-e-Emruz posted his second page Tuesday on the topic, writing “Disappointed” on Zarif’s black photos.
Ultraconservative Keyhan wrote that, in an attempt to save himself, Rouhani’s “pro-West” supervisors pressured him. [Zarif] suicide ”.