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Op-Ed: Once again, John Kerry rebuked by Iranian leader

Now and then, along comes an American politician who is so politically blind, intellectually dense and motivated by such dangerous nearsighted goals that it changes the course of world history in the worst possible way – in this case, the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles by Iran, an insane hostile regime.
Secretary of State John Kerry, the Mr. Munster of American politics, is the administration’s winner of the “biggest loser” award in this department. Mr. Kerry had all the chips on his side but insisted Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and the ayatollahs pulling his strings give up nothing while ridiculing the US over the globally volatile nuke deal Kerry presided over. The latest embarrassment came Sunday when Zarif called Kerry out over his statements regarding Iran’s ballistic missile program.
“Secretary Kerry and the U.S. State Department know well that Iran’s missile and defense capabilities are not open to negotiation,” state media quoted Zarif as saying during a joint press conference with his visiting Estonian counterpart. In the past, the Obama administration has said Iran might be months away from becoming the newest hostile nuclear power or years, and other times admitted it just doesn’t know. In the meantime, that same nuclear program in Iran continues as it tests ballistic missiles stamped with “Israel must be wiped out”, captures American soldiers at gunpoint, and fires missiles over an American aircraft carrier. Sunday, Zarif slapped Kerry in the face again after America’s worst negotiator, even when you throw Hillary Clinton in the mix, suggested that Iran was considering negotiating an end to its ballistic missile program.
“Secretary Kerry and the U.S. State Department know well that Iran’s missile and defense capabilities are not open to negotiation,” state media quoted Zarif as saying during a joint press conference with his visiting Estonian counterpart on Sunday.
Kerry was instrumental in having financial sanctions against Iran lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal that frees tens of billions of dollars up for Iran. Of course, Kerry would have you believe the deal was conducted with American interests in mind as opposed to a handful of positive headlines in the New York Times for him and the administration. While his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, who brought foreign relations in Libya to a deadly boil and essentially shrugged her shoulders as ISIS grew into a deadly force capable of capturing much of Iraq and Syria, wants to be president, Kerry is struggling hard to explain the failed Iran nuke deal.
On Sunday Sec. Kerry trotted out a State Department spokesman you probably never heard of named Mark Toner to suggest that Kerry never suggested that the Iranian regime might “consider negotiating an end to its ballistic missile program.” Toner said Kerry was simply “emphasizing or underscoring the fact that if Iran chooses to act more constructively in the region, then we can have a different kind of relationship with Iran.”
While the response by Kerry and his spokesman is absurdly weak and sneakily vague in a needlessly condescending way, Zarif was resolute and firm in his response. “There will be no JCPOA for defense issues,” said Zarif.

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