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March 1, 2013 8:45 am

Kerry Gives Khamenei Diplomatic Upgrade

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Secretary of State John Kerry.

WSJ – ‘Iran has a government that was elected and that sits in the United Nations.” So said John Kerry in Paris on Wednesday, on his first tour of Europe since becoming Secretary of State. The former Senator was answering a reporter who asked why he had publicly applauded the French for refusing to negotiate with terrorists in Africa—on the same day the U.S. and its allies were trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with a “terrorist” regime in Tehran.

Good question. Regarding the Secretary’s answer, well, he’s right about Iran having a seat at the U.N. As for the part about an elected government, Mr. Kerry surely knows that ultimate authority in Iran rests with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The Grand Ayatollah has held office for nearly 24 years and was elected in roughly the way Leonid Brezhnev became the Soviet General Secretary.

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