Tehran: – Iran Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri accused Saudi Arabia and Israel to have plotted the leak of the controversial interview of Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif to the media. These countries must have devised this when the negotiations for the nuclear deal were being carried out to corner Iran. Zarif has apologised to all the concerned people. Besides, the Iranian supremo Ayatollah Khamenei has said that Zarif has committed a blunder.
Last week, a London based Persian news channel leaked the audiotape. During this interview, the statements made by Zarif held nearly a year ago regarding Revolutionary Guards and General Qasem Soleimani, former Chief of Revolutionary Guards, had caused a political earthquake in Iran. The statement made by Zarif that the Revolutionary Guards and General Soleimani had a firm grip on the Iranian foreign policy came under severe criticism in Iran. Following the leak, demand that Zarif should resign from the parliament and be impeached is gaining ground.
Following the leak of the audiotape, Zarif has openly apologised to the Soleimani family. Still, the discontent is increasing in Iran against Zarif. Iranian supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei lashed out at Zarif on Sunday. Khamenei fired a salvo at Zarif, saying that nowhere in the world the foreign ministry determines foreign policy. There are higher-ranking officials that make the decisions and policies. Of course, the foreign ministry is also involved. Therefore, a responsible Iranian leader has made a blunder making statements against General Soleimani and Revolutionary Guards.
All the rights in the Iranian political system are in the hands of the supreme religious leader. Therefore, the gravity of the criticism made against Zarif by Khamenei increases further. But the Rouhani government in Iran seems to be protecting Zarif.
Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri claimed that the leak of the Zarif audio tape was a plot hatched by Saudi and Israel. Jahangiri expressed a possibility that the leak of the audiotape could be an attempt to influence the nuclear talks being held in Vienna with the United States for the last few weeks. Vice President Jahangiri also raised the question as to how did the tape reach the media?