Iran’s overseas minister’s criticism of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its late commander Qassem Soleimani in a leaked interview is an “unforgettable injustice,” the supreme chief’s consultant within the IRGC stated on Monday.
Within the leaked interview, aired final week by the London-based Iran Worldwide TV station, International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif complained about having little affect over overseas coverage in contrast with the IRGC and Soleimani.
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Soleimani headed the Quds Power, the abroad arm of the IRGC, and was thought-about essentially the most highly effective determine in Iran after the supreme chief.
He was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq in January 2020.
Zarif’s leaked feedback triggered an uproar among the many political class in Iran, the place criticism of the IRGC and Soleimani is a crimson line. The overseas minister has been below strain from political rivals because the leak.
Abdollah Haji Sadeghi, Supreme Chief Ali Khamenei’s consultant within the IRGC, described Zarif’s leaked remarks as “false accusations” in opposition to Soleimani and the IRGC, in line with the semi-official ISNA information company.
“We tolerate these injustices, however we’ll always remember [them],” Sadeghi stated.
He recommended there have been “electoral motives” behind Zarif’s feedback.
“Sadly, there are electoral motives behind … degrading nice human beings, and a few search to enlarge themselves by degrading different human beings.”
Iran is because of maintain presidential elections on June 18, and though Zarif has stated he won’t run for president, some “reformists” have recommended him as a potential candidate.
By his “baseless and false” feedback, Zarif did a disservice to not solely Soleimani, however to all Iranian “martyrs” and their households, Sadeghi stated.
On Sunday, Khamenei described Zarif’s feedback as “shocking and unlucky,” and accused him of echoing US speaking factors.
Responding to Zarif’s complaints about lack of authority, Khamenei stated a overseas ministry’s job is to implement insurance policies set out by superior our bodies and officers.
“Nowhere on this planet does the overseas ministry decide overseas coverage,” he added.
Zarif took to Instagram shortly after Khamenei’s speech, apologizing for displeasing the supreme chief.
“I’m very sorry that a few of my private views… have upset the noble supreme chief,” he wrote.
Zarif had stated final week his “sincere” feedback within the recording had been mischaracterized as private criticism.
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