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The US Announces the Latest Round of Iranian Sanctions

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Iranian regime foreign minister Javad Zarif (Right), meeting with the commander of the Qods Force Qassem Soleimani. Based on the Treasury department’s announcement, Zarif will also be included in the list of Iranian regime sanctioned officials this week.

On Monday, the US announced that it would impose fresh sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and other senior officials.

US President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he would be tightening the pressure on the Iranian regime. The new sanctions exclude Khamenei and commanders in the Iranian military from US financial institutions. They also restrict access to their assets in the US.

The president called the measures a “strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.” He also reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that the Iranian regime will never develop a nuclear weapon. While he also maintained that the US was not seeking a conflict with the regime, adding “we do not ask for conflict”.

Senior Regime Officials Affected

In addition to the Supreme Leader, regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will also be blocked from accessing assets in US financial institutions. Eight commanders from the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were also included in the blacklist.

According to the Trump administration, the sanctions will see “billions” of dollars’ worth of assets frozen.

The Iranian opposition Position on New Sanctions

Trump’s announcement was met warmly by members of the Iranian opposition movement. The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)Maryam Rajavi also reflected on the news on her Twitter account:

“Sanctioning Khamenei & his office, the epicenter of crime, corruption & terrorism in Iran, is spot-on and most imperative,” she said.

Alireza Jafarzedah, the deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in the US, also welcomed the move. He reminded his followers that the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) called for the sanction of senior regime officials, including the Supreme Leader himself, in its May 1st press conference in Washington D.C.

He went on to call the sanctions “a step in the right direction.”

The NCRI and MEK played an instrumental role in demonstrating the Javad Zarif connection to Iranian state-sponsored terror. In 2018, the group revealed a web of terror that had spread across Europe and the US. This elaborate terror network received orders to carry out bomb attacks and assassinations from senior figures in the regime, including Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader.

Where Next?

In her post, Maryam Rajavi laid out her calls for the next step to oppose the regime’s terror mechanism and human rights abuses. She called on the US government to expand existing sanctions to include the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

The MOIS was behind a string of failed terror attacks in 2018, including the planned detonation of a car bomb in Paris and a bomb attack on the MEK’s compound in Albania.

The leader of Iran’s opposition had previously called for blacklisting of the MOIS in addition to other steps as solutions to prevent the expansion of the Iranian regime’s terrorism:

1. Recognizing the right of the Iranian people and the Resistance to overthrow the ruling religious fascism and to establish freedom.
2. Placing the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and other organs of suppression & export of terrorism and fundamentalism on State Department’s FTO list as well as on the EU’s terror watch list.
3. Expelling the agents of the MOIS and the terrorist IRGC and Quds Force from the United States and Europe.
4. Referring the dossier on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and the massacre of political prisoners to the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice.
5. Expelling the illegitimate clerical regime from the UN and recognizing the Iranian Resistance as the true representative of the Iranian people.
6. Evicting the Iranian regime and its forces from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

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Zarif Returns from the US Empty-Handed

Javad Zarif during a quarrel in regime Majlis

A true face of the always “laughing” Javad Zarif and his Deputy Araghchi (first rights) during a fight in Regime’s Majlis (parliament).

The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif returned to Iran from his time in the US empty-handed. The regime’s mouthpiece abroad traveled to the United States last month to open a communication channel. He left with little to show for his efforts, instead of spending his time spouting regime propaganda on US news outlet, Fox News.

Part of the issue, critics point out, is that when power is concentrated in the hands of the Supreme Leader, it becomes impossible for foreign governments to negotiate with anybody else in the leadership. Zarif does not have the authority to make assurances. Everything must go through Khamenei himself.

This leaves foreign governments with little inclination to spend the time opening communication channels with figures like Zarif. Mehdi Motaharnia, a regime political pundit, acknowledging the deadly crisis and ongoing infighting among different rifts for power, said “The government and Zarif want to decrease the pressure. However, this endeavor will only be accepted by the other party when governmental elements [meaning Khamenei] officially approve it.”

Motaharnia also described the change in the US’s thinking. The Trump administration represents a break from the decades-long policy of appeasement. It will no longer accept half-concessions in exchange for turning a blind eye to its destabilizing activities in the Middle East and beyond.

“The U.S. is serious this time around and will not heed what the government [meaning Hassan Rouhani and his faction] says,” Motaharnia added.

The Struggle Reaching its Pinnacle?

In recent weeks, the struggle between the US and the Iranian regime appears to have escalated. Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the designation of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

In his speech, Pompeo said, “we are going to zero,” adding, “how long we remain there at zero depends solely on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s senior leaders.”

Iranian security pundit, Mehdi Mohammadi, questioned whether the struggle is “reaching its pinnacle now.”

The US’s adoption of a policy of maximum pressure against Iran is taking its toll on the Iranian leadership. Nationwide protests are becoming a regular occurrence and the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) and its resistance units become stronger by the day, garnering more public support and intensifying their opposition activities.

Zarif’s visit to the US should be interpreted as a sign of desperation. As the mullahs lose their grip on power at home, Zarif sought to open a channel of communication to reduce the regime’s international isolation.

His failure means the mullahs will have no respite from the storm of their own making. There will be no letting up. The Iranian people are saying enough is enough.

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Hardliner's full backing of Javad Zarif, portrayed in West as reformist by Iran Lobby

Head of Terrorist Quds Force Expresses Support for Embattled Iranian Regime Foreign Minister

Hardliner's full backing of Javad Zarif, portrayed in West as reformist by Iran Lobby

General Qasem Soleimani (Middle) hand in hand with Javad Zarif, in a ceremony after the death of Zarif’s mother. While Iran lobby tries to portray Javad Zarif as a moderate voice within the regime, General Qasem Soleimani, regime’s top commander of the terrorist Quds force, expresses his and the Supreme Leader’s full support for Zarif!

The leader of the Iranian regime’s terrorist Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, voiced his support for the regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif after the embattled Foreign Minister announced his resignation on Instagram on Monday.

Suleimani, who has headed the terrorist operations of the Quds Force for more than twenty years, was quick to express his support of the “moderate” Foreign Minister and attempted to explain Zarif’s absence from a recent meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, saying, “Zarif is in charge of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic and has the approval of senior establishment officials, especially [Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei. During the visit of [Syrian regime president] Bashar al-Assad to Tehran and his meeting with Rouhani, there was a lack of coordination in the presidential institution, which resulted in the absence of the FM and his dissatisfaction.”

Zarif announced his resignation shortly after his noticeable absence during Assad’s visit to Iran. The announcement sent shock waves throughout Iran and the international community and caused controversy among the highest-ranking members of the regime. Regime President Hassan Rouhani refused to accept Zarif’s resignation, and Zarif went back to his office, posing for photo ops this week with an Armenian delegation that was visiting Iran.

Suleimani’s excuse that poor coordination led to the exclusion of Iran’s Foreign Minister from an official visit by a foreign President is laughable, but his choice to speak up for Zarif is worth noting. Zarif is often described as a “soft-spoken” moderate” by Westerners, while Suleimani is in charge of the regime’s terrorist campaigns. In a political atmosphere characterized by infighting, this level of support by regime officials from opposing factions is remarkable.

Chaos Behind Closed Doors

Zarif’s resignation and return to office are indicative of the chaotic situation taking place behind closed doors within the highest levels of the regime’s leadership. Rival factions within the regime have been unable to agree on a number of issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, the economic crisis facing the country, and negotiations to retain membership in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The regime recently failed to meet a deadline to comply with the requirements necessary to remain a part of the international anti-terrorism group. The debate over FATF regulations has been a hot topic among regime officials for months, with hardliners arguing that the FATF hampered the regime’s ability to make money.

Zarif referred to the constant infighting amongst regime officials as poisonous. The conflict does seem to be taking a toll on the public face of the regime. Zarif has had an awkward couple of weeks. He went wildly off topic while answering questions outside of the Munich Security Conference earlier this month and angrily ranted about the MEK in an embarrassing breach of diplomatic protocol.

Terrorist Attacks against the MEK

The regime plotted a number of terrorist attacks last year against MEK members in Europe in response to the people’s uprising in Iran and subsequent anti-regime protest movement, which has been largely organized by MEK supporters in Iran. These terrorist plots have been organized using regime diplomats and embassies at the instruction of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Zarif’s temper tantrum in Munich came after he was questioned about the regime’s series of foiled terrorist attacks against the MEK last year. While he was being interviewed, hundreds of MEK protesters were standing outside of the conference chanting and holding signs and banners demanding that he go home and calling him a terrorist.

Despite the infighting taking place between regime factions, nothing is more important to the mullahs’ regime than presenting a united front when it comes to eliminating the existential threat posed by the MEK.

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MEK demonstration outside MSC2019 conference in Munich

Javad Zarif Resigns in Wake of Widespread Foreign Policy Failure

MEK demonstration outside MSC2019 conference in Munich

MEK protesters rally in front of the Munich Security Conference, condemning Javad Zarif’s presence at the conference and asking for his accountability for 40 years of terror and executions in Iran and in the region-February 17, 2019

On Monday night Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced his resignation in an Instagram post, which read, in part: “I apologize for my inability to continue serving and all the shortcomings during my tenure.”

Zarif’s resignation made headlines around the world within hours of his Instagram post, and regime state-run media outlets rushed to confirm the story.

The Fars news agency confirmed Zarif’s resignation in an interview with their foreign affairs reporter, who said that “an informed source close to the Foreign Minister confirmed this report.”

Zarif’s departure is the latest in a series of international crises facing the regime. The re-imposition of sanctions following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has further weakened the already struggling Iranian economy, the regime recently failed to meet the terms necessary to retain its membership in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and the European Union has taken a series of measures to sanction Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents and expel regime diplomats over the past year because of their involvement in terrorist activities.

Munich Security Conference

Zarif has recently come under pressure for his role in the regime’s terrorist plots and meddling in the Middle East. Earlier this month, world leaders from sixty countries gathered in Warsaw to discuss Iran’s role in fostering instability in the Middle East. Days later Zarif lost his temper when asked a series of tough questions while attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

 

Zarif, who was clearly rattled by the presence of hundreds of MEK protesters calling for his ejection from the conference, was unable to coherently answer questions about the regime’s terrorist plots on European soil in 2018. Instead, he chose to vilify the MEK: the intended victims of the regime’s plots.

“The United States is listening to the wrong folks… what is clear is that there are people in Europe who have been on Europe’s terrorism list up until 2012,” Zarif said. “What happened all of a sudden that they were withdrawn from the terrorism list?… In 1998, the U.S. put the MEK on the terrorism list and in 2012 they took them off the terrorism list.”

 

Zarif continued his off-topic rant with angry words directed at high-ranking U.S. officials. “[U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer] Rudy Giuliani spoke yesterday for the MEK. [U.S. National Security Advisor] John Bolton has spoken for the MEK. John Bolton is angry because he promised the MEK that he would celebrate in 2019 in Iran with them. They are still in Paris,” he added.

MEK Protests

Zarif’s unhinged behavior at the Munich Conference was most likely a contributing factor to his sudden resignation, but his tantrum in Germany was reflective of the regime’s frustration with international relations. When Zarif arrived at the Munich Security Conference, he was greeted by hundreds of MEK supporters holding signs and banners calling him a terrorist and demanding that he be expelled from the conference. They chanted, “Terrorist Zarif, out of Munich!” and “Kick Javad Zarif out!”

MEK Supporters Protest for Zarif’s Expulsion from Munich Security Conference

As a member of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, Zarif plays a key role in all decisions regarding terrorist attacks and assassinations. The MEK protesters in Munich urged the international community to expel Zarif because of his terrorist actions and to recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up and overthrow their oppressors.

 

The MEK previously held protests this month in Paris and at the Warsaw Conference. All three protests were attended by hundreds of members of the Iranian diaspora and included well-respected speakers who called for the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and establish a free Iran.

 

This series of large and well-organized protests across Europe in such a short period of time has left the regime angry and afraid. The mullahs already see the MEK as an existential threat, so the presence of an organized resistance that can follow international conferences around the world has become a thorn in the side of regime leaders. The Munich protesters appear to have caused Zarif to have a total meltdown. The Iranian Resistance grows stronger by the day; the regime grows weaker. Freedom is close at hand.

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MEK's supporters protest outside HRC40 in Geneva

Zarif Resigns as Protesters Protest His Planned Speech in Geneva

MEK's supporters protest outside HRC40 in Geneva

MEK supporters rally opposite UN Geneva amid the Fortieth Session of the Human Rights Council, to protest Javad Zarif’s planned speech at the council. Protesters called for regime’s accountability for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners and for the ongoing violations of human rights in Iran, urging the UN to expel regime’s representatives from the Council.

Members of the Iranian diaspora across Europe and their international allies gathered in Geneva to protest the arrival of the regime’s foreign minister Javad Zarif at the UN. As the UN’s fortieth Human Rights Council convened, the Iranian resistance used Zarif’s arrival as an opportunity to draw attention to the glaring human rights violations perpetuated by the Iranian regime.

A Violent and Bloody Regime

Under current President Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian regime has carried out at least 3,590 executions, including 30 executions on those that were juveniles when the crime was allegedly committed. This figure makes Iran the country with the highest rate of executions per capita in the world.

As members of the Iranian resistance protested the regime’s atrocities in Geneva, they carried images of those executed by the mullahs over the forty years of their tyrannical rule. They also carried banners condemning the regime’s 1988 massacre of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

Over the space of a single summer in 1988, the clerical regime executed around 30,000 members of the political opposition group, the MEK. In Geneva, a small exhibit dedicated to the 30,000 victims of the massacre was erected. The protestors echoed Amnesty International’s recent calls for the UN to open an investigation into the massacre and hold those accountable to justice.

Ending the Mullahs Export of Terror

The protestors also expressed their anger and dismay at the regime’s state-sponsored terror activities that played out across Europe and the West in 2018. The regime was involved in the planning of terror attacks in France, Albania, and the US.

The protestors in Geneva called on the European governments to expel Iranian diplomats and prevent the regime using diplomatic buildings and figures as cover for underground terror activities. The protestors held banners with messages stating that there is no place in the UN for executioners and terrorist-agents.

Infighting in Within the Regime Leadership

As protestors gathered, Javad Zarif issued his resignation in a surprise twist of events. His resignations underscored protestors messages that the Iranian regime is in turmoil. Infighting has caused deep rifts in the leadership, which most likely prompted Zarif’s sudden resignation.

Explaining the decision, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI’s) Mohammad Mohaddessin tweeted, “Zarif’s resignation for whatever reason and regardless of the outcome, indicates [an] escalation of the crisis and internal power struggle in the regime, also its international failures.”

Mohaddessin said, “in the past 5.5 years, Zarif tried to create a façade of a “moderate image” for Iran’s religious fascism and pave the way for trade with the regime,” he added, “Zarif’s time has come to an end. Whether his resignation is finalized or overturned… [the] world will no longer be duped by Rouhani & Zarif.”

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Zarif Rants against MEK after Series of Large Protests in Europe Leave Regime Fuming

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Archive photo-Javad Zarif meeting with Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the terrorist group, Hezbollah

On February 17th, Iranian regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif went on an off-topic rant against the MEK in an interview at the site of the Munich Security Conference. His remarks came at the end of a ten-day period of protests and demonstrations by the MEK and the Iranian Resistance in opposition to the regime and its 40 years of human rights abuses of its people and terrorist actions across the world.

The following is a timeline of those events:

Demonstration in Paris

On February 8th, the MEK and the Iranian Resistance rallied in Paris in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the people’s revolution in Iran that overthrew the Shah’s monarchic regime.

Demonstration in Warsaw

On February 13th and 14th, the MEK and Iranian Revolution held a two-day demonstration in Warsaw, which was scheduled to coincide with the international security summit on the future of Middle Eastern policy taking place at the same time. The conference was primarily focused on Iran’s role in creating instability in the region, and the protesters used the occasion to call attention to the regime’s human rights abuses of its own people, as well as to urge the policymakers at the conference to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow their oppressors and create a free Iran.

Demonstration in Munich

On February 17th, the Iranian Resistance and the MEK organized yet another protest in Munich. This protest was scheduled to coincide with the annual Munich Security Conference, at which Zarif was a participant. The protesters demanded that Zarif be expelled from the summit because of his role in the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities.

Protests of this magnitude held in a single month in three different countries by an organized opposition group are exceedingly rare.

Zarif Loses His Temper

Finally, on February 17th, while attending the Munich Security Conference, Zarif was interviewed by a news outlet as protests raged outside of the conference. Unable to control his temper any longer, Zarif ignored the questions about the regime’s terrorist activities in Europe and instead lashed out at the MEK and Iranian Resistance in an angry rant that defied diplomatic protocols.

Zarif’s outburst clearly arose from his anger and fear at the series of well-organized protests by the MEK, which the regime considers an existential threat. Zarif is used to using his power to suppress dissent within Iran and to threaten the opposition with terrorist attacks abroad. Neither of these strategies has been effective in silencing the MEK, and the size and scope of the recent protests in Europe left Zarif too shocked to mitigate his responsibility.

 

The Iranian regime hoped that they could suppress the opposition and that the Western trend toward abandoning the policy of appeasement would end. They are now beginning to realize that neither of these things are happening. The U.S. left the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions, and the European Union sanctioned the regime’s  Ministry of Intelligence and Security and expelled several of its agents for their role in a number of terrorist plots on European soil. The Iranian people have been protesting against the regime for over a year and seem unlikely to stop anytime soon.

 

Regime change is closer than it has been in the last forty years, and the mullahs are well-aware of this, as are the Iranian people.

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MEK Supporters Protest for Zarif’s Expulsion from Munich Security Conference

MEK protests Zarif's presence at MSC-2019

MEK Supporters rally in Munich amid the Munich Security Conference-2019, to protest Javad Zarif, the Iranian dictatorship’s Foreign Minister’s invitation to the conference.

On Sunday, MEK supporters held a rally outside of the Munich Security Conference in Germany to protest regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s presence at the conference. The protesters called for Zarif to be expelled from the conference and for an end to the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs’ regime.

Videos and images posted on social media show protesters marching in the streets of Munich chanting, “Zarif is a terrorist!”, Kick Javad Zarif out!”, “No to appeasement, yes to resistance!”, “Terrorist Zarif out of Munich!”, and “Democracy, freedom with Maryam Rajavi!”

MEK supporters also carried a banner reading, “Munich Security Conference is no Place for Terrorists: Kick Javad Zarif Out! World Peace & Security Requires Regime Change in Iran,” and “Down with Khamenei and Rouhani.” Other protesters held banners proclaiming that Iran as the number one state sponsor of terrorism and the primary cause of instability in the region.

2018 Terrorist Plots against the MEK

In June 2018, an Iranian couple was arrested in Belgium with 500 grams of TATP explosives en route to the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris, which was attended by tens of thousands of MEK members, as well as dozens of high-ranking international lawmakers and dignitaries, many of whom later filed lawsuits against the Iranian regime for the attempted attack on their lives. German authorities arrested Iranian regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi later that day for personally delivering the explosives to the couple. Assadi is currently standing trial in Belgium for masterminding the terrorist plot.

An investigation by French intelligence later concluded “without any doubt” that the attack had been orchestrated by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security. In January of this year, the European Union sanctioned the MOIS and two of its agents for their role in some of the regime’s terrorist plots against the MEK on European soil in 2018.

Zarif’s Culpability

The MEK has called on the European Union to close the Iranian regime’s embassies and expel agents of the MOIS and the Quds Force. It has also asked for the United States and the E.U. to add the MOIS and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to their terrorist lists.

The MEK protesters objected to Zarif’s presence at the conference because, as a member of the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, he has played a key role in the regime’s acts of terrorism.

In November 2018, Zarif told the regime’s Parliament that he takes orders directly from regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “We are not a system in which people can act on their own,” he said. “We cannot do anything in this country without having to report it. … It is not true that we acted against the will of the Supreme Leader,” Zarif said in comments carried on State television.

The MEK protesters in Munich asked the participants at the Security Conference to take action against the Iranian regime for its terrorist activities. They also urged the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ theocratic regime and create a free Iran.

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Javad Zarif Draws Criticism from Iranians After More Inflammatory Comments

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Mohammad Javad Zarif at the balcony of the Palais Coburg hotel during the Iran nuclear talks meetings in Vienna- July 10, 2015

Javad Zarif, the Iranian regime foreign minister, has drawn criticism from Iranians over comments he made about Iranian meddling in foreign conflicts across the Middle East.

Speaking at the regime’s Foreign Policy Meeting, while he referred to regime backed terrorism as “resistance”, he said: “We are proud of the resistance of Syria[Assad’s dictatorship], Lebanon [Hezbollah], Iraq [Quds force], etc.”

The comments prompted a backlash on social media. Voria Ghafouri, a soccer player at Esteghlal, in the Persian Gulf Pro League, responded with an Instagram post in which he criticized the regime’s foreign minister, “you are not the one who’s under pressure. The people are under pressure. The nation’s wealth is not your inheritance to give out as you please.” said Ghafouri’s post at Instagram.

He added, “if you’re man enough, speak your rubbish among the people so you get your answer!” The Iranian regime has been under intense domestic pressure in the form of national protests among Iranians. The protestors are expressing their fury over the mullahs’ economic mismanagement and financing of foreign militia and terror groups which has left the Iranian economy in turmoil.

Enough is Enough

The Iranian people have made their feeling clear. At recent protests, Iranians chanted “leave Syria alone, think of us”, etc.

The foreign minister is renowned for making inflammatory, controversial, and false statements. He recently compared Iranian democracy to that of France’s, asserted the regime did not want war and claimed that there were no political prisoners in regime custody, claims that if they weren’t so damaging would be laughable.

A Steady Stream of Lies and Misinformation

Zarif has also deliberately sewn confusion and muddied the waters surrounding who exactly is repressed and who are the oppressors. Following the Warsaw conference, which saw more than 60 countries agree to impose increased pressure on Iran, Zarif took to social media to paint the Iranian regime as a victim, not perpetrator, of international terrorism. It also referred to MEK’s rally in Warsaw in a bid to discredit the opposition:

“It is no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that Warsaw circus begins?” he wrote, “especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with Twitter bots?” Zarif’s tweet raised an immediate response from the Polish Minsitery of Foreign Affairs, rejecting his labeling against the main opposition:

In other posts, Zarif attempts to pass Iranian involvement in Syria off as aiding the peace process. “As Iran, Russia & Turkey ready a summit in Sochi to work for peace in Syria & UN Court rejects US excuses & readies to rule on US theft of Iranian people’s assets, flip-flopping Trump officials try to hide their perpetual lawlessness & global isolation behind a charade in Warsaw,” he Tweeted.

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