A top advisor to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team jumped to the defense of Russia on Tuesday, saying US President Joe Biden was a “racist piece of garbage” because he called Vladimir Putin a war criminal.
“This racist piece of garbage was vice-president when Obama and Saudi Arabia destroyed Yemen. Biden also supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He was involved in the decimation of Libya & he supported ISIS/Al-Qaeda in Syria… Don’t racist western elites have any shame?” Mohammad Marandi tweeted.
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Marandi, an adviser to the Iranian negotiating delegation in Vienna, made his remarks in a tweet above a video of Biden calling the Russian president a war criminal.
This racist piece of garbage was vice-president when Obama and Saudi Arabia destroyed Yemen. Biden also supported the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He was involved in the decimation of Libya & he supported ISIS/Al-Qaeda in Syria…
Don’t racist western elites have any shame? https://t.co/UyFJ1ZIt0T
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) April 5, 2022
“You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth of the matter is, we saw what happened in Bucha; this warrants he is a war criminal,” Biden told reporters on Monday.
The US president was speaking about the atrocities in Bucha after images shared over the weekend showed corpses of civilians thrown around the streets of the Ukrainian town.
Russia has denied these accusations, which were shown following their withdrawal from the town after controlling it since first invading Ukraine last month.
On Sunday, the Iranian advisor Marandi also denied the Bucha massacre in defense of Moscow.
A question for journalists.
Russia left Bucha on March 30.
The Mayor declared Bucha free on March 31. No mention of atrocities.
On April 1 Azov Nazis enter Bucha.
On April 3 Ukrainian Military publish a video of “Russian” atrocities.
Is this wrong?
Who put the bodies there? https://t.co/WX3TcCcEUR
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) April 3, 2022
This is not the first time Marandi has made rash comments.
On April 1, he threatened Saudi Arabia and said they were “playing with fate.”
The #Saudi regime is playing with fate.
MbS knows Patriot air defences can’t block the missiles and drones of #Yemen and #ansarallah. Successful repeat attacks on key oil instillations make this quite clear.
Unless the western backed genocide ends, Saudis will pay very heavily. https://t.co/tNkpRaSKGL
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) April 1, 2022
“[Saudi Arabia] knows Patriot air defenses can’t block the missiles and drones of #Yemen and #ansarallah. Successful repeat attacks on key oil instillations make this quite clear,” he tweeted.
Marandi has been a key advisor in the indirect talks between Washington and Tehran, which have been taking part for over a year.
The Iranians refuse to meet directly with the American delegation in Vienna. In December, Marandi said he refused to meet with anyone associated with US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley.
You side with a brutal aggressor & that’s where your interests lay. I’ll be defending the victim & won’t have conversations with anyone associated with Robert Malley. But you can tell him not to invest too much in pro-western liberals & the MeK terrorist group
Full implientation https://t.co/qXa5SCTbMh
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) December 7, 2021
He has also accused Biden of acting “in bad faith,” and slammed US sanctions as exposing “the stupidity of the Biden regime.”
Nevertheless, Marandi continues to be a member of the team US officials are negotiating with in Vienna.
The new US sanctions expose the stupidity of the Biden regime.
Western and Saudi Persian media, dishonest EU officials, the MeK cyber army and western worshipping Iranian liberals have been desperately trying to blame Iran for the stalled nuclear talks.
Biden acts in bad faith. https://t.co/ElFI7sweIb
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) March 31, 2022
Marandi was born in the US, and he has boasted about his participation in “fighting the US backed invasion of Iran.”
This photo was proudly taken beside the IRGC logo when I was a 16 year old volunteer fighting the US backed invasion of Iran. It was probably around that time that the “civilized” Europeans & Americans were transferring technology for producing chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein. pic.twitter.com/cWaPFyrrjH
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) April 6, 2019
His father, Alireza, was Iran’s former health minister and is currently the supreme leader’s personal physician.
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**This article has been updated to clarify that Alireza Marandi was Iran’s former health minister, not his son Mohammad.