It is obvious from the conversations, blogs, newspapers, discourses, feedbacks, and the expressions of many of Iran’s officials, that the publication of the audio file of the regime’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was such a blow for the entire system that even after a week it has its consequences and aftershocks.
So, both factions of the regime are trying to find out the reason and the person who was responsible for its publication. The ongoing process shows that this subject has very hidden and obvious shocking consequences for the regime.
Some of the state-run dailies are calling this blow “Zarif Gate” and are emphasizing that this will impact the upcoming presidential election.
“Given the news-making capacity of this event, it does not seem that its continuing aftershocks will soon disappear from the country’s political landscape. This situation means that the case (Zarif Gate) is not over, and its consequences are supposed to affect the political and social atmosphere of Iran at a critical time and even more in the run-up to the 2021 presidential elections.” (Jahan-e-Sanat, May 5, 2021)
The situation is so critical that according to the state-run news agency Tasnim, Zohreh Elahian, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Parliament, in a letter to Zarif, asked 20 questions and demanded a response.
These questions alone show how critical and dangerous the situation has become for the regime after the leak of the tape.
- Why and for what reason did you differentiate between the field and diplomacy?
- Who is responsible for destroying international relations with Iran’s strategic partners by publicly adopting these positions?
- Why, regardless of your serious position, have you expressed positions that have caused the wonder and regret of the Front of the Lovers of the Islamic Revolution and the joy and happiness of the enemies of Islamic Iran?
- Do you consider the role of your foreign policy apparatus and your desired ministry as an executor or a policy maker?
- Express your relationship and these positions with the idea of the Islamic Revolution and the positions of the Imam (regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini) and the leadership of the Islamic Revolution?
- Do you consider the field and diplomacy as separate or complementary?
- What is the reason for your direct telephone conversation with John Kerry (Secretary of State of the Obama administration), contrary to the explicit prohibition of high-ranking officials and trust in his news and reports?
- Have you verified the statistics and information of American sources with an internal source, or did you only trust the American side?
- How reliable do you consider the guarantee of negotiations and the role of diplomacy without the field’s authority?
- Do you consider mere negotiation and diplomacy without a field presence sufficient to secure national interests in the face of sworn and criminal enemies?
- What are the goals of your statements regarding the Quds Force and its brave and martyr commander (Qassem Soleimani)?
- Do you consider diplomacy independent of the declared policies and actions of the Islamic system?
- What is the reason for your opposition to Russia and irrational trust in the United States?
- Why and for what purpose did you reverse the irreplaceable role of Soleimani in relation to Russia?
- What was the role of the field and the resistance front in defeating ISIS?
- What role has your diplomacy played in reducing the pressures, assassinations, and destructions against the honorable nation of Iran?
- What is the reason for publishing secret documents and news during your ministry and at the same time negotiating with Westerners in Vienna?
- Why do you suggest that the role and command of the bravest commander (Qassem Soleimani) in the region was arbitrary?
- How much do you follow the higher institutions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as the Supreme National Security Council?
- What were the achievements of your diplomacy during the JCPOA agreement (Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers) for the great nation of Iran?
Tasnim in another article attacked Zarif and the regime’s so-called reformist faction and wrote: “Zarif, who was not in Iran at the time of the revolution or during the eight years of holy defense and introduced himself as a diplomat, surrendered to the carrots of the international system from the very beginning and based his strategy on ‘building trust’ and ‘accompanying the West’, to gain the trust of the international system. This strategy of Zarif was a clear sign of ‘low political morale’, not betrayal; So that the Westerners demanded more and more concessions from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
This outlet angry and frustrated about Zarif expressions compared him with the worst supporter of the international terrorism and the main player of the chaos in the Middle East and wrote:
“In fact, Zarif persecuted Commander Soleimani, calling him the cause of maximum pressure and unprecedented and inhumane sanctions on Iran. Zarif blames Commander Soleimani for delaying the completion and defeat of the JCPOA.
“The passages of the country’s diplomacy were opened one after another with the tact and faith of our beloved commander. But the product of Zarif’s diplomacy was nothing else but ‘political games’ with the travelers of Davos and the superclass and the ‘grimace of Sherman (Wendy Sherman) and walking with John Kerry to digest food.”
Confessing about the crisis and deep gaps in the political body of the regime, it added: “Commander Soleimani’s sincere activities never led to ‘dualism’ in the rule of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rather, it is Zarif that turned it into a ‘field-diplomacy’ for the Hebrew-Arab-Western leaders with a gross taste and good service, which was the result of his more than 40 years of activity in the field of diplomacy.” (Tasnim, May 3, 2021)