Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (C) with his cabinet members in a meeting with Iran’s senior officials, on April 21, 2018. (IRNA)

April 30, 2021

IranWire sources report that this morning officers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Unit raided the offices of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

After a short altercation with the security guards of the president’s office and the Foreign Ministry, the Guards took a number of documents from the premises.

The raids took place after government spokesman Ali Rabiei had that Iran’s intelligence ministry was investigating the source of a recently-leaked interview with Zarif.

The IRGC Intelligence Unit is a rival organisation to the Ministry of Intelligence, which is the country’s equivalent of the CIA and the FBI.

In the recorded interview, which was leaked last weekend, Zarif had told journalist and economist Saeed Leylaz that he believed Iranian diplomacy had been “sacrificed” to the regime’s military interests.

He described alleged efforts by former IRGC Quds Force commander Ghasem Soleimani and Russia to sabotage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and shared new details about the Quds Force’s regional operations.

Iran Wire

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