The New York Times and other popular outlets obtained a leaked audio, which has led the American politician and diplomat, John Kerry to receive intense backlash from the public. In the leaked audio, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif revealed that Kerry shared confidential information about Israeli covert operations in Syria during the Obama administration.
Kerry is currently serving as Biden’s envoy for climate and has an influential seat on the National Security Council. When Kerry was serving as the Secretary of State during the former president Obama administration, he reportedly told Zarif about Israeli covert operations in Syria. He revealed around 200 covert operations conducted by Israel against Iranian targets in Syria.
Zarif revealed that Kerry told him Israel had attacked the Iranian targets for more than 200 times in Syria. In the leaked audio, Zarif also discussed how limited his power is compared to Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the supreme leader of Iran. Furthermore, the Iranian foreign minister also talked about the United States’ airstrike against Iran, which killed General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.
John Kerry colluded with Iran to undermine Trump administration
Kerry has been receiving criticism over the claims made by Zarif since Monday. The 77-year-old politician previously headlined after a report claimed that he had colluded with Iran. Along with Robert Malley, John Kerry and several other Biden administration officials reportedly had secret meetings with Zarif. The Washington Times claimed that the officials orchestrated to undermine Trump administration.
Mohammad Javad Zarif and the democrats had multiple meeting during the Trump’s administration. The Washington Times reports that the officials had meeting in 2019, 2018, and 2017. Robert Malley and John Kerry are both important figures in Biden’s administration. Kerry is the special climate envoy whereas Malley was the member in creating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and is currently Biden’s Iran envoy.
The leaked audio recording has now set off firestorm in the US, Israel, and even within Iran. A report suggested that Zarif has been considered to be a presidential candidate during the upcoming Iran’s June 18 presidential election. Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesperson from Iranian Foreign Ministry reported that the recording was just a portion of seven-hour interview given by Zarif to an economist.