Iran’s foreign minister claimed in a leaked recording that former US Secretary of State John Kerry informed him about over 200 covert Israeli assaults on Iranian pursuits in Syria throughout former President Donald Trump’s administration.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif mentioned in the leaked recording obtained by the New York Instances and Iran Worldwide that the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the nation’s supreme chief kept him in the darkish about authorities negotiations and navy operations, and that he was receiving intel from Kerry.
“It was former US Foreign Secretary John Kerry who informed me Israel had launched greater than 200 assaults on Iranian forces in Syria,” he mentioned.
Zarif made the feedback in a March interview with an Iranian journalist that wasn’t imagined to be launched till August, when President Hassan Rouhani leaves workplace.
It’s unclear whether or not Kerry tipped off Zarif whereas secretary of state, or out of workplace. Zarif met with Kerry and Obama administration Vitality Secretary Ernest Moniz when Donald Trump was in the White Home, which Kerry admitted to in 2018.
Kerry denied discussing the Israeli targets with the Iranian foreign minister.
“I can let you know that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This by no means occurred – both once I was Secretary of State or since,” he mentioned in a submit on Twitter.
Kerry and Moniz had been instrumental in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and international powers.
Kerry mentioned he met with Zarif and different Iranian officers in an effort to salvage the nuclear settlement.
Trump later that month slammed Kerry for his “shadow diplomacy,” saying the Obama administration officers are who bought the US into “this mess” in the primary place.
“The USA doesn’t want John Kerry’s probably unlawful Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one which created this MESS in the primary place!,” Trump posted on Twitter after reviews surfaced about Kerry’s talks with the Iranians.
He pulled the US out of the pact days later.
Kerry on the time defended the nuclear deal.
“I believe each American would need each voice doable urging Iran to stay in compliance with the nuclear settlement that prevented a conflict,” he mentioned in an announcement.
“Secretary Kerry stays in touch together with his former counterparts all over the world identical to each earlier Secretary of State. Like America’s closest allies, he believes it is necessary that the nuclear settlement, which took the world years to barter, stay efficient as nations give attention to stability in the area.”
Trump in Might 2019 accused Kerry of violating federal regulation by siding with Iran over US pursuits — and mentioned he must be prosecuted for it.
“, John Kerry speaks to them rather a lot. John Kerry tells them to not name. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and admittedly he must be prosecuted on that,” Trump mentioned on the time.