World A Swiss diplomat in Iran has died after mysteriously falling from a high-rise building, state media says
Leaked recording of Iran's top diplomat offers blunt talk
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recording of Iran's foreign minister offering a blunt appraisal of diplomacy and the limits of power within the Islamic Republic has leaked out publicly, providing a rare look inside the country's theocracy. The release of the comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif set off a firestorm within Iran, where officials carefully mind their words amid a cut-throat political environment that includes the powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, ultimately overseen by the country's supreme leader. Zarif has been suggested as a possible candidate for Iran's June 18 presidential election as well.
- A senior employee at the Swiss embassy in Iran died after falling from a building, state media said.
- Fars reported the woman was a Swiss citizen and a first secretary of the country's embassy.
- ILNA reported that the woman was the second-highest ranked employee at the embassy.
A Swiss diplomatic employee died after falling from a high-rise building in Tehran, Iran, multiple Iranian news agencies reported.
A national emergency spokesmanthat "a woman fell from a tower in Tehran and lost her life in the Kamaranieh area."
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Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not dispute the tape's authenticity but said the release of the recording was "illegal," and "selectively edited."Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, took part in a seven-hour interview with a well-known economist that was to be held for posterity at a think tank associated with the Iranian presidency, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, the Associated Press reported.
The spokesman said that the woman was the first secretary of the Swiss embassy and a Swiss citizen, and it was not clear what led to the fall.
The woman was the second-highest ranked employee at the embassy, Reuters reported, citing the semi-official ILNA news agency.
News agencies reported the victim's age as either 51 or 52 years old.
Switzerland has represented US diplomatic work in Iran after the two countries cut ties after the 1979 revolution, Reuters noted.
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