In leaked audio of a March interview that evidently was not intended for consumption outside the Iranian regime, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif complained that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forced him to lie to the world about the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet in January 2020.
176 people were killed on January 8, 2020, when Iranian air defenses destroyed the unarmed passenger jet, a few hours after Iran launched missile attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq to retaliate for the elimination of IRGC Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. airstrike.
Iran initially tried to deny responsibility for shooting the plane down and was later caught trying to literally bulldoze the evidence at the crash site.
Zarif’s leaked interview caused a sensation this week because he claimed former Secretary of State John Kerry gave him information about Israeli operations in Syria. The Iranian foreign minister dropped this bombshell