Iranian Instagram Diplomacy: Smile

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran’s nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

There may be “significant gaps” remaining to be resolved between Iran and  world powers, yet that hasn’t stopped the Islamic Republic’s deputy foreign minister from trying his own unique way of narrowing differences.

During a top-level meeting in Palais Coburg, Vienna, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Abbas Araghchi, took a stealthy picture on his smartphone of Kerry and deputy Bill Burns  and posted it on his Instagram account.

 

Thirteen days into negotiations, starting on July 2, among the U.S., European nations and Iran, significant gaps remain over the Persian Gulf nation’s uranium-enrichment capacity.

Kerry’s arrival yesterday, along with foreign minsters from France, the U.K. and Germany, added a degree of urgency as the self-imposed deadline of July 20 approaches.

Although social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are banned in Iran, Instagram is still available.

It is unclear as to whether the American negotiators took their own stealthy photographs in return.”

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