As reported on Monday — In a recently leaked audio, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said then-Secretary of State John Kerry informed him about Israel’s covert operations in Syria.
John Kerry served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2013 – 2017 and currently serves as Biden’s special climate envoy.
The leaked audio was obtained by The New York Times and other outlets and the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh effectively confirmed the leaked tape’s authenticity.
But this was not an isolated incident for John Kerry.
In 2016, as Secretary of State of the disastrous Obama foreign policy, another John Kerry audio was leaked.
John Kerry was caught on tape telling Syrian revolutionaries, “I lost the argument for use of force in Syria.”
Kerry’s comments came at a meeting that took place at the Dutch Mission to the United Nations on the sidelines the UN General Assembly’. The audio gives a glimpse into what goes on outside official meetings.
Note that it represents the US narrative and not necessarily the entire true narrative. The audio was improved by Angel North who is not affiliated with CNN or any referrer to this video. The restored audio is posted here in the public interest of the US people.
The audio was originally leaked to the New York Times in late September 2016 which only transcribed parts of it. CNN, was the source here.
CNN has since removed it from their website.
John Kerry was pushing for more US bomb attacks in Syria.
The discussion in the recording occurred only days after the United States and Russia announced a ceasefire agreement in Geneva.
Here is more from the CNN report at the time.
“The problem is the Russians don’t care about international law and we do. And we don’t have a basis, our lawyers tell us, unless we have a Security Council resolution,” he said.
“They were invited in, we were not,” he added, referring to Moscow’s military operations in Syria.
“We don’t behave like Russians. It’s just a different standard,” Kerry said.
“The only reason they are letting us fly is because we are going after ISIL,” Kerry said, using another term for ISIS. “If we were going after Assad, we would have to take out all the air defenses and we don’t have a legal justification for doing that.”
Kerry added, “So far, American legal theory does not buy into the so-called right to protect.”
“Nobody (is) more frustrated than me,” Kerry told the gathering.
Acknowledging that Russia’s military actions have “changed the equation” and made removing Assad more difficult, Kerry suggested that Syrian refugees could one day help eject Assad if given the right to vote.