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Zarif criticizes IRGC influence on Iran’s foreign policy

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Reuters in a report stated, Iran’s top diplomat complained about the elite Revolution Guards, that they have much influence in the country’s foreign affairs and nuclear dossier than him.

In a leaked recording a light was shine on ties between the government and powerful Revolution Guards.

According to Reuters, relations between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Guards are important, as the forces have much influence that it can disrupt any rapprochement with the west if the country’s economical and political interests come under threat.

The skepticism about rising hostility with Washington may become relevant if talks between Iran and nations of power lead to efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by former US President Donald Trump three years ago, Reuters reported.

London-based Iran International Persian-language satellite news on Sunday interviewed, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in which he said he had zero influence over Iran’s foreign policy.

“I have never been able to tell a military commander to do something in order to aid diplomacy,” Reuters quoted Zarif.  

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman without commented on the authenticity of the leaked audio said, that the news channel only published excerpts of the interview that lasted for seven hours.

Rarely heard in Iran’s politics Zarif complained that Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani had much influence over foreign policy, he even tried to spoil Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal by secretly cooperating with Russia.

“He (Soleimani) asked me to make this or that concession or point almost every time I went to negotiate (with world powers),” Reuters quoted Zarif’s recording, which was aired on the TV’s Clubhouse channel on late Sunday. 

“The (military) field’s success was more important than diplomacy’s success. I was negotiating for the (military) field’s success”, he said.

As the leader of the Guards’ Quds Force, Soleimani (blamed for building Iran’s proxy armies across the Middle East) was killed in a US drone attack last year, Iran retaliated on shelling Iraqi airbase where US forces were stationed, and hours later the country also shot a Ukrainian commercial plane following take off from Tehran.

The incident of hitting a commercial airplane was later explained as “mistaken” act by Iran.  

“I said (at the Supreme National Security meeting) that the world is saying the plane was hit with missiles. If the plane was really hit with missiles, tell us so we can see how we can fix it,” Reuters quoted Zarif.

“They told me :’no, go, go tweet and deny it’.” Zarif was heard saying in the recording.

Reuters shared views of the critics stating that Zarif’s comments were aimed at gaining votes for the upcoming presidential elections, although Zarif has refused he had no intention of running in Iran’s presidential election.

IRGC was established in 1979 to protect Shi’ite clerical system and revolutionary values,

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was set up after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to protect the Shi’ite clerical ruling system and revolutionary values, the corps only answers Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

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