Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif enthusiastically praised “Martyr Soleimani,” the dead former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) leader, on Wednesday after an hours-long interview leaked in which Zarif repeatedly insulted him.
Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani was the head of the IRGC Quds Force, tasked with executing Iran’s international terrorism policies. A U.S. drone strike eliminated Soleimani and the head of the Hezbollah Brigades, an Iraqi terrorist militia, in Baghdad on January 2020.
Three hours of an extensive conversation between Zarif and pro-regime journalist Saeed Laylaz, reportedly recorded in March 2021, leaked to the London-based outlet Iran International on Sunday. Most of Zarif’s remarks focused on Soleimani. Zarif repeatedly protested Soleimani usurped Zarif’s power and set Iran’s diplomacy while Zarif had “nil” influence on the country’s foreign policy. He specifically complained that Soleimani held meetings with Russian officials that actively undermined Zarif’s efforts to get the 2015 Iran nuclear