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

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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