David Keyes, the executive director of Advancing Human Rights, set out to punk the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on his recent trip to New York City. Watch here:
Keyes sought to track down Zarif and offer him congratulatory balloons. He also apparently wanted to have an ice cream party with the top Iranian diplomat. "Free ice cream, free Iran's political prisoners," random people on the streets of New York City say into the camera.
Zarif's accomplishment? Iran has hanged 1,000 people in the last year in a half.
Keyes's aim is to bring attention to what's going on in Iran.
Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, later this afternoon at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Matt Lee of Associated Press reports on Twitter:
Lest the American people be put off by the chortling, boasting, and provoking of the Obama administration's Iranian negotiating partner, the administration has tried to deflect domestic political pressure by putting out a statement "condemning" the wreath-laying by the Iranian foreign minister at the grave of a Hezbollah terrorist leader with much American blood on his hands.
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.