Why is the US State Department Trolling a Key Iranian Diplomat on Twitter?

Published August 1st, 2019 - 12:39 GMT

As soon as the Trump administration announced imposing sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, a hashtag critical of Zarif appeared on U.S. Sate Department Twitter.

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Zarif has been for years the main and mostly the only channel between Iran and the west, yet, he is now facing US sanctions that would strike at diplomacy between both countries.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced on Twitter targeting Zarif with sanctions attributing the decision to the fact that Zarif has been acting on behalf of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

Describing him as part of the “Khamenei's mafia” as he is explicit in the “regime’s outlaw behavior”, Pompeo has used the hashtag #ماله_کش_اعظم [#ChiefPlasterista] that is believed to be triggered by the US State Department’s official Persian-language account.

The hashtag has circulated the internet among Iranians as part of a debate over Zarif and the US sanctions imposed on him.

The hashtag is aimed at describing Iran’s Foreign Minister as the one whose career revolved around “plastering” the Iranian regime.

While the hashtag was widely used among regime critics, the fact that it was first launched by the US State Department’s Persian account has got people questioning the aim behind it that serves the US agenda against Iran and its government.


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