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An important read offering a window into the deep relationships forged by #Iran’s chief apologist @JZarif with influential figures in the U.S.

NIAC, Tehran’s DC-based lobby arm established by Zarif, plays an important role in this regard.
washingtontimes.com/news/2021/feb/…
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“These relationships blossomed into what high-level national security and intelligence sources say allowed the Iranian regime to bypass Mr. Trump and work directly with Obama administration veterans that Tehran hoped would soon return to power in Washington.”
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Certain examples of Zarif’s relationships with U.S. figures include meetings with Sec. John Kerry, Sec. Moniz, Iran deal negotiator Wendy Sherman, Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Chris Murphy.

Sen. Murphy has also delivered speeches in NIAC sessions.
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“During the initial uproar in 2018 over his meetings with Kerry, Zarif explained that he could tap into a network of support for the [2015 nuclear] deal that was alive and well on the political left.”
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“Numerous sources have told The Washington Times that [Zarif] wields tremendous influence over a tightly knit group inside the U.S. that has long advocated for Washington to take a more accommodating tack toward Iran.”

That group is NIAC.
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“It’s an informal union of Iran apologists and pro-diplomacy advocates that helps amplify Mr. Zarif’s talking points, giving the Iranian Foreign Ministry influence over public opinion in the United States and considerable sway in left-leaning political and social circles.”
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In Jan 2020, three high-profile Rep senators asked the Justice Dept to open a probe into whether NIAC was violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires anyone working in a political capacity for a foreign gov to disclose that info.
freebeacon.com/national-secur…
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Listen to this Iranian regime insider explain that NIAC was established by Zarif.
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The Cruz-Cotton-Braun letter also singled out Trita Parsi, a co-founder of NIAC who now serves as executive vice president at a recently formed Washington-based think tank, the [Soros-funded] Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

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Listen to Parsi parroting Zarif’s talking points.
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A court hearing shed light on emails from 2006 between Parsi & Zarif, then Iran’s ambassador to the UN.
iraniansforum.com/index.php/fact…

Parsi has a history of exchanging emails with Zarif.

Here are just four examples.
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Former Iranian Official, Pro-Tehran Lobbyist Hosted at Obama White House Dozens of Times

Iran backers met more than 30 times with senior Obama admin official
freebeacon.com/national-secur…
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How Trita Parsi & NIAC Used the White House to Advance Iran’s Agenda

“… organizing the grassroots and [pressuring] US lawmakers to pose a more Iran friendly position.”
tabletmag.com/sections/news/…
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As mentioned before, Parsi is the founder of NIAC.

“NIAC frequently echoes Tehran’s rhetoric in redirecting blame at the U.S. for Iranian aggression and malfeasance.”

This is an excellent look at NIAC provided by @michaeldjohnsjr.
nationalreview.com/2020/10/an-ira…
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Mousavian comes to Parsi’s support.

Reminder: Mousavian, as Tehran’s former ambassador to Germany, oversaw the 1992 assassination of Iranian dissidents in Berlin.

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“As part of the [2015 nuclear] deal, Tehran promised to limit its nuclear enrichment activities in exchange for economic sanctions relief and access to tens of billions of dollars in frozen bank accounts.”

This is how Iran used that money.

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