Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday criticised its foreign minister, who said in a leaked interview that the elite Revolutionary Guards had more influence in foreign affairs and Tehran’s nuclear dossier than him. In the interview, aired by the London-based Iran International Persian-language satellite news channel last week, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had “zero” influence over Iran’s foreign policy. read more Zarif has been the public face of Iranian diplomacy as it deals with a host of issues, including talks with world powers on how to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord that Washington abandoned three years ago. Relations between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani’s government and the Guards are important because the influence of the hardline force can disrupt any rapprochement with the West. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking in a televised speech, did not call Zarif out by name but said of his comments: “This was a big […]