|While all eyes were focused on Almaty, Iran’s slick Foreign Minister Salehi let his guard down – in German, in Vienna. The English-language media totally missed it, which is what we’re here for (and not for the first time).
Salehi was in Vienna ostensibly to attend a UN event, but his real goal was to spin Tehran’s messaging about nuclear talks, hold high-level meetings http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?nid=2725 and otherwise project an illusion of legitimacy (reminder: he’s still on the EU sanctions list and has been implicated by reliable sources for his role in Iran’s military nuclear program going back to the ’90s).
Turns out that Salehi really made a day of it in Vienna, to many the cultural heartbeat of classical Europe – and which according to a Library of Congress report is crawling with Iranian intelligence agents. There he also found time to meet with the Austrian elite – including two former Austrian foreign ministers, cultural minister and members of parliament.
The western-savvy foreign minister was mostly upbeat in his public comments. According to Reuters quoting the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung, Salehi was optimistic about talks with the US, insisted his country was reducing nuclear stockpiles, and termed the Almaty talks a “milestone.” Reuters sounded quite pleased with developments.
Maybe that’s why the media agency omitted this little section of the Wiener Zeitung interview, translated here into English for the benefit of our readers: