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Iran bans 15 people reportedly involved in Zarif leak from leaving the country

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Following the leaked audio of Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran executed travel bans on the 15 people who are reportedly behind the leaks. However, Zarif has kept his position, and expressed remorse in an Instagram post.

On the audio, Zarif makes mention of John Kerry, who was Secretary of State at the time. According to Zarif, Kerry allegedly knew about 200+ Israeli covert operations on Iranian targets in Syria. Kerry denies the allegations.

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After the leak, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged that the audio was authentic. He told journalists on Monday that the recording was a small part of a seven-hour interview Zarif gave to a well-known economist.

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President Biden has yet to comment on the issue.

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Islamic Republic arresting women who refuse to wear the mandated Hijab

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The Islamic Republic of Iran is emboldening its prowess as it seems to be getting away with instigating unrest in the Middle East. Over the weekend, Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones against Israel. But inside the country, authoritarian reign is also rearing its ugly head. On April 3, the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterated his support for the Hijab coverings for women. He stated that “Hijab is a Sharia-based obligation that must not be abrogated. Hijab is also a legal obligation, and everyone must respect the law.” morality police have been reported to be involved in a new crackdown on women in the country who refuse to wear the mandated hijab in public places.

On April 15, Iranian journalist Diana Ghalibaf posted on X that she had been arrested for a hijab violation and was later returned to jail for her subsequent publicizing of the event. The regime’s national police chief, Ahmad-Reza Radan, announced in an April 11th press release that more attention would be paid to public dress standards.

Foreign Desk News reports: “Social media images of the new efforts have shown violent arrests by both male and female officers, including the use of Tasers to force compliance. One new tactic appears to be the deployment of plainclothes officers near the confrontation sites to prevent bystanders from interfering with any of the investigations.”

 

 

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