(PatrioticPost.com)- Former Secretary of State under the Obama administration and current climate czar to President Joe Biden, John Kerry, denied this week that he told the Iranian foreign minister about Israeli covert operations in Syria.
His denial comes after leaked audio of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif admitting that then-Secretary of State Kerry informed him about the operations during the Obama administration. In the clip, Zarif can be heard saying that he was surprised by Kerry’s claim that the Israeli military had attacked Iranian targets throughout Syria several hundred times.
The leaked audio was obtained by The New York Times, which subsequently published a story which “offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes power struggles of Iranian leaders.”
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) April 26, 2021
The report described how Zarif departed from the usual deferential line on the issue of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the terrorist leader of the Guards’ elite Quds Force who was killed by President Donald Trump’s order in January 2020.
Zarif said that the general undermined him and even worked with Russia to sabotage a new nuclear deal between Iran and other world leaders.
The Times describes how the audio was leaked at a “critical time for Iran” as it continues its discussions about coming into compliance with the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or “Iran Nuclear Deal,” which never worked in the first place.
“The recording, of a conversation in March between Mr. Zarif and an economist named Saeed Leylaz, an ally, was not meant for publication, as the foreign minister can repeatedly be heard saying on the audio. A copy was leaked to the London-based Persian news channel Iran International, which first reported on the recording and shared it with The New York Times,” the outlet reported.
Zarif also admitted on the call that his role as the representative of Iran on the world stage was “constricted” and that decisions are actually dictated by the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iranian Supreme Leader.
He added that he was regularly kept in the dark on actions taken by the government, and on the night that Iran retaliated to the United States over the killing of Suleimani, two commanders from the Quds force visited the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adel Abdul Mahdi, to inform them that they would fire missiles at a military base in the country where U.S. officials were stations.
It means that Americans knew about the strike even before Zarif did.
But it was the single sentence of the article about Kerry that prompted the former Secretary of State to publicly announce that the claim was a lie.
“Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said,” the Times reported.
In response, Kerry claimed, “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false.”
I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since. https://t.co/BTOdFE1khW
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) April 26, 2021
“This never happened -either when I was Secretary of State or since,” headed.
It would be a weird thing for Zarif to make up…