Here’s what we know to be the facts.
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.
Kerry push back
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.
When asked about the audio on Tuesday, current Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “it is utter nonsense.”
“These things were so secret that they were all reported in the press at the time,” Blinken said.