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Iran’s Two-face: Zarif and Soleimani

Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani
Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Aug. 5, 2019 - Prior to the sanctioning of Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by the U.S. Treasury Department, the mullahs’ media was filled with various reports reflecting the inner disputes between warring factions over the report card of Zarif and his Foreign Ministry. The media in Iran aimed to portray Zarif as a figure in favor of talks and engagement with the West.

Following Zarif’s sanctioning, however, we are witnessing the same warring factions rush to Zarif’s support and praise him as a hero. Is this unity a true image of the mullahs’ regime? Or those of continuing internal bickering?

Zarif’s sanctioning has shed light on a slate of truths regarding the mullahs’ true nature and measures. In response, the mullahs’ regime has taken its gloves off, proving Zarif’s smiles were nothing but a front face for a vicious regime and aiming to prolong its lifespan. Nothing more.

Abolfazl Hassan Beigi, a member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament) National Security Commission, acknowledged the fact that Zarif is completely in line with Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qasem Soliemani.

“We don’t have one Zarif and one Qasem Soleimani. In fact, we have hundreds of Qasem Soleimanis in the IRGC. Some of them are famous and many are unknown to the public. In such circumstances when we are facing Trump’s malign activities, we must make them understand that there are hundreds of Zarifs in our country,” he said. It is worth noting that Soleimani and the IRGC are both designated as terrorists.

Prior to this, Zarif had emphasized on his completely coordinated measures with Soleimani. “The region and the world should thank him,” Zarif once said while praising the IRGC Quds Force’s deadly meddling across the Middle East.

The Sazandegi daily in Iran published a piece on August 4 showing how the regime’s ruling factions have lined up to defend the mullahs’ regime in such times of need. “Everyone is united, at times regarding Qasem Soleimani, and at times about Zarif.

The article then referred to Zarif’s backing of the IRGC and his utter allegiance to the mullahs’ regime. “[Zarif], as an administrative official, will not betray the country’s political decisions,” the piece adds.

The Iran daily, known as the mouthpiece of the government of Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, acknowledged the fact that Tehran’s policy circles around not negotiating and kicking the can down the road.

“The reaction from various figures, certain gradients of people and personalities in different branches of power in Iran – including individuals, political parties, the IRGC, army, and critics and supporters of the government – in response to the sanctions leveled against Zarif proves that Iran neither will surrender its missiles nor its precision targeting diplomats,” the piece reads.

The utter stalemate before the mullahs’ regime is another subject that has become even more noticeable following Zarif’s sanctioning.

“Regarding the U.S. decision, one must say the sanctioning of Zarif is a very serious matter. We in Iran think we are buying time. However, one must say that Iran, with its activities, is losing time. In fact, at a time when we are experiencing sanctions and our exports have been crippled, it is necessary to blueprint a new plan and take action to decrease the negative impact for our apparatus,” former Iranian regime diplomat Fereidoon Majlesi said on Sunday.