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May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and former Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a daily press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki held the daily press briefing to discuss various topics including the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate with 40 world leaders that was held by the White House today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Republicans have seized on a recent claim that former Secretary of State John Kerry told Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about Israeli strikes on Iranian interests in Syria. Zarif made the allegation in leaked audio, a claim which, if true, would undermine the US relationship with Israel.

Washington (CNN)Republicans have seized on a recent claim that former Secretary of State John Kerry told Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about Israeli strikes on Iranian interests in Syria.

Zarif made the allegation in leaked audio, a claim which, if true, would undermine the US relationship with Israel.

On Sunday, London-based news channel Iran International, published an article detailing leaked audio of a March interview between Zarif and Iranian journalist Saeed Laylaz, apparently scheduled for release in August, once the current administration leaves office.

According to the news article by Iran International, Zarif claimed, "It was former US Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria. "

The authenticity of the tape itself (ie not the veracity of Zarif's claim, but whether he even said it) as a whole has not been officially confirmed, but Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not deny its validity during the weekly news conference.

When asked about the allegations during a press briefing Monday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said he couldn't speak to the accuracy or authenticity of the audio or its claims, but implied that if such a conversation had occurred, Kerry would likely not have been disclosing secret information.

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