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Zarif-Gate Leak Causes Shake-Up In Iran's Presidential Office As FM Expresses 'Regret'

This week's 'Zarif-Gate' audio leak has caused a shake-up in Iran's presidential office, reportedly leading to the resignation Hessameddin Ashena, head of the Strategic Studies Center (a think tank closely associated with the Iranian presidency), as he was present during the interview with Zarif. The top Iranian diplomat had essentially said it was the military leadership that sets policy.

"Hesamodin Ashena of the Center for Strategic Studies resigned over 'the theft' of the three-hour tape of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif being interviewed at the CSS," AFP reports Thursday. "Ashena, who held the post of Iranian deputy intelligence minister in the 2000s, has headed the center since 2013 and also serves as adviser to President Hassan Rouhani."

But it's not enough for Islamic hardliners representing the clerical and military establishment, who are now calling for Zarif to step down immediately, also given his remarks were taken as disparaging toward the late "national hero" Soleimani.

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