Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is the latest Iranian official to fall under American punishment, reportedly for serving as the “propaganda arm” of Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Zarif dismissed the move, while President Hassan Rouhani called it “childish” and raised doubts about whether Washington is really serious about negotiating with Tehran following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
Why does it matter? By isolating Iran’s top diplomat, the White House is essentially blocking the most effective route toward talks, with observers suggesting it represents a fundamental misunderstanding of Iran’s power structure.
Read OZY’s analysis about Tehran searching for the West’s red lines.