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Iran Bans 15 People from Travelling Over Zarif Leak

Iran Bans 15 People from Travelling Over Zarif Leak

Thursday, 29 April, 2021 - 17:45
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Reuters

Iran has imposed travel bans on 15 people for alleged involvement in a leaked audio recording in which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif complains about the influence of the Revolutionary Guards on Iranian diplomacy.

In the leaked interview, aired by the London-based Iran International Persian-language satellite news channel late on Sunday, Zarif said he had "zero" influence over Iran’s foreign policy.

"According to a judiciary source, 15 people involved in the interview have been banned from leaving Iran," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

The recording has angered hardliners in Iran, who called the leak "an espionage act". Some lawmakers have called for Zarif's resignation.

Ordering an inquiry into the recording's release, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday the leak was intended to disrupt talks between Tehran and six powers in Vienna aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago.

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