The government of Iran has denied a rumor on Internet that the son of Mohammad Javad Zarif the Foreign Minister of Iran was the best man in the wedding of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter.
The government’s denial came from the Fars News Agency, which is controlled by the Iranian government and came on the heels of the allegations over this past weekend on the website of Allen West the former Representative from Florida that purported a link that was called frightening between the negotiators of the controversial nuclear deal.
According to the website, Zarif’s son had been the best man at the wedding of Kerry’s daughter in 2009. That year Dr. Vanessa Kerry married Dr. Brian Nahed, who is of Iranian descent, however was born as well as educated within the United States.
Michele Hickford the Editor of the website said that when connecting all the dots things get more frightening.
Fars has denied that report, citing Iranian officials with the Foreign Ministry, who called it a lie and another news fabrication.
The bride appeared as well to shoot the rumor down Sunday night. On a twitter account that appeared to belong to Kerry’s daughter a post was made that said, “No Zarif’s son.”
The two doctors were married in 2009 in Boston and at the time, there was an announcement put in The New York Times.
Throughout the entire course of the arduous negotiations to reach an agreement, Zarif was the main negotiating partner with Kerry.
The responses made by both Iran and Kerry only speak to the political pressure that exist in each country, with many who are skeptical of the nuclear deal that would put limits on the nuclear program of Tehran in exchange for the lifting of sanctions placed against the Islamic Republic.
West, who in 2013 left office, is a national security hawk and has taken a hard line in the past against Iran.
The report from his website seems to be designed to damage the reputation and credit of Kerry amidst the public and congressional debate over the new deal between six world powers and Iran.
Critics in the U.S. say the deal only makes it easier for Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons, while in Iran hardliners accused Zarif of selling out the interests of the country.