The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that former US secretary of state John Kerry told him that Israel had carried out 200 strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
Kerry refuted this assertion on Monday. The story and the accusations in it are completely incorrect, I can assure you of that.
Never in my time as Secretary of State or since then has anything like this occurred,” Kerry tweeted.
Reuters, the news agency referenced in the tweet, published an article in 2018 in which then-intelligence minister Israel Katz claimed.
That Israel had launched over 200 airstrikes against Iranian sites in Syria over the course of the preceding two years.
After The New York Times published a piece on a leaked interview Zarif gave last year, Kerry denied it due to pressure from some members of the Republican party.
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On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed the administration “is not going to comment on leaked tapes” without addressing the veracity of the purported remarks.
There has been no official comment on the matter from the US Department of State. While admitting he could not confirm on the validity of the recording.
Department spokesman Ned Price seemed to imply that the information reportedly leaked by Kerry was already common knowledge.
A report claims that John Kerry discussed Israeli military activities with Iran’s foreign minister, although Kerry has denied this.
The Iranian official’s claims that Kerry told him Israel had struck Iranian interests in Syria 200 times stem from a leaked audio recording.
In depth conversations between the two officials occurred frequently during the course of Kerry’s tenure as secretary of state under President Obama and the subsequent negotiations around the Iran nuclear deal.
However, Iran’s foreign minister did not specify when Kerry informed him of the attacks.