Tuesday 26 November 2013 / Hour 2, Block A: Claudia Rosett, FDD, in re: Alavi Foundation, 650 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan: "the largest terrorist organization in the US ever" – building taken over from the shah, run under shell corporations as a massive money-laundering operation. Fancy office tower, 36-storey, huge income to the Alavi Fdn, directed after 1991 by the Iranian ambassador to the US. Its Board of Directors was a facade, under the direct orders of the Supreme Leader in violation of US law. Until recently, that was Amb Mohamed Javed Zarif, the twittering, Facebooking, mediatique socialite. Manhattan DA, Morgenthau. found a global criminal network. Ergo, Secretary John Kerry is fully apprised of Zarif's gross sanctions violations, money-laundering, criminal activities under Bank Melli. Banking services to the IRGC and the al Quds Corps. In Geneva, the very thing Iran is saying it wasn’t doing is what it's long been doing: funneling vast amounts of money into its nuclear developments. This is the real Javad Zarif: smooth ambassador while sending huge sums to Iran's nuclear proliferation – the exact act that in Geneva he denies exists. Smoothest, most adept diplomat; duplicity on a scale that could cost the lives of millions. Know your enemy!
Iran’s Chief Negotiator Surprise, surprise: He has a long record of double-dealing. Along with President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is yet another arrow in the quiver of the Islamic Republic’s charm offensive. The chief negotiator at Geneva over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Zarif was schooled in the United States, is fluent in English, and exudes a polished manner befitting a veteran diplomat who served from 2002-2007 as U.N. ambassador. During his posting in New York, he met with a number of senior U.S. politicians, including future vice president Joe Biden and future secretary of defense Chuck Hagel (both then senators), and impressed them as someone they could do business with. He’s “pragmatic,” said Biden, “not dogmatic.” The courtship continues. After meeting with Zarif in September, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told Time magazine last month, “He doesn’t play games.”
U.S. federal court documents say otherwise. While Zarif was beguiling lawmakers, he was violating U.S. sanctions and funneling millions of dollars into Iran’s state-owned Bank Melli, designated by the Treasury Department for its role in Iranian nuclear proliferation. Known as the Alavi case, this scheme ranks as the . . . [more]