Iran’s Khamenei says remarks by Zarif in audio leak ‘big mistake’

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slams as a “big mistake” leaked remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which the foreign minister suggested the military was too influential in diplomacy.

“The country’s policies are made of different economic, military, social, scientific and cultural plans, including foreign relations and diplomacy,” Khamenei says in televised remarks.

Saying “that one part denies the other or contradicts… is a big mistake that must not be perpetrated by officials of the Islamic Republic,” he adds, in reference to leaked audio comments made by Zarif.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a video conference with education ministry officials, in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 1, 2020 (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
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