Iranophobic Media Distortions to Undermine Tehran

Iranophobic Distortions to Undermine Tehran

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Establishment media partner with US dark forces against their invented enemies — providing fake news press agent services to vilify them.

Virtually always, they’re nations free from the scourge of US imperial control.

China, Russia and Iran top the list — targeted by bipartisan US hardliners for regime change, wars by hot and/or other means their favored strategies.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is one of the world’s leading diplomats.

He towers in stature over lesser Western counterparts by straight-talk remarks on all issues, along with respecting the sovereign rights of other nations.

A leaked audio recording of remarks he allegedly made to Iranian economist Saeed Laylaz on Tehran’s decision-making process were distorted by taking them out of context.

Timing of the release was suspicious, coming while JCPOA-related talks are ongoing in Vienna among Iran, Russia, China, and E3 countries.

An attempt to save the landmark agreement, it’s greatly jeopardized by Biden regime maximum pressure on Iran, continuing illegal policies of its predecessor.

At a Monday press conference, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh explained (w)hat Zarif (allegedly) said should be seen as a whole and not cherry-picked” as Iranophobic establishment media like the NYT did in their distorted reports.

“The leaked tape “was by no means an interview from the beginning, nor was it supposed to be an interview.”

“It was part of a routine and confidential dialogue that takes place within the administration,” Khatibzadeh added.

Released remarks came from seven hours of dialogue on February 24, an “oral history” condensed to three hours — the accuracy of what Zarif allegedly said unclear.

Time and again, remarks taken out of context are meant to distort reality, not accurately reflect it.

Reportedly, London-based, Saudi-funded Iran International leaked Zarif’s alleged remarks, saying:

“In the Islamic Republic, the military field rules. I have sacrificed diplomacy for the military field rather than the field servicing diplomacy.”

According to the report, Zarif favored a “cold war strategy” but was often overruled, adding:

In formulating Iranian foreign policy, his role is “nil,” Iran’s military having more say than President Rouhani.

Leaked material was given to the NYT for Iran bashing, including the following dubious claim, saying:

“Zarif said Russia did not want the agreement to succeed and ‘put all its weight’ behind creating obstacles because it was not in Moscow’s interests for Iran to normalize relations with the West.” 

“To that end, Mr. Zarif said, General Suleimani traveled to Russia to ‘demolish our achievement,’ meaning the nuclear deal.”

The Times failed to explain that after Trump illegally abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018, Russia partnered with Iran and China to save the landmark agreement — going all-out to achieve this objective.

An alleged hidden motive otherwise makes no sense.

At the same time, internal disagreements among government officials are commonplace because of differing views on various issues.

If Zarif was accurately quoted, saying Iranian foreign policy is “mostly security oriented,” it very much makes sense given longstanding hostile actions against the country by the US, West and Israel.

If cherry-picked remarks he allegedly made were leaked to undermine his diplomatic standing — the most likely motive along with vilifying Iran — the scheme will likely fail given his stature on the world stage and Tehran’s support for peace and cooperative relations with other countries. 

A Final Comment

The Times and other Iranophobic Western media failed to explain why Iran accepted the JCPOA and continues complying with its provisions if the nation’s all-powerful military strongly opposes it.

There’s no reason to oppose what provides the Islamic Republic with greater security, clear reasons to support the JCPOA for achieving, in part at least, what wasn’t gotten another way.

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“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”


“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”

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