An official at the Iranian Foreign Ministry headed by Mohammad Javar Zarif claimed on Monday that US media reports indicating Zarif's son was best man at the wedding of US Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter are "news fabrication."
The reports have revealed that Zarif's son was best man at the 2009 wedding of Vanessa Kerry and Iranian-American Dr. Brian (Behrooz) Vala Nahed.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry clearly saw a need to respond to the reports, as an official was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency saying the report was a lie and "news fabrication."
The paper translated and paraphrased the official in broken English as claiming that "some media outlets that lack credit fabricate such news in pursuit of special objectives, including finding more viewer."
The report in question traces back to Michele Hickford, Editor-in-chief of Allenbwest.com. According to the site she manages for ex-congressman Allen West, she "has held senior marketing positions at Turner Broadcasting and USA Networks, and is the author of 'Do I Need To Slap You?' She served in Congressman (Allen) West’s congressional office and as Press Secretary for his 2012 campaign."
In the report that was republished on several conservative news sites, Hickford wrote that Kerry's son-in-law Nahed is the son of two Iranians living in Los Angeles, Nooshin and Reza Vala Nahid. He was born as "Behrooz Vala Nahid," but the name was Americanized to "Brian Nahed."
"At the time his engagement to Bradford Kerry, there was rarely any mention of Nahed’s Persian/Iranian ancestry, and even the official wedding announcement in the October 2009 issue of New York Times carefully avoids any reference to Dr. Nahed (Nahid)’s birthplace (which is uncommon in wedding announcements) and starts his biography from his college years," wrote the editor-in-chief.
Zarif's son was best man at the wedding, she revealed, noting that the wedding was just the cap on Kerry's long-standing relationship with his Iranian counterpart Zarif, who has held senior positions since the 1990s.
"Kerry and Zarif first met over a decade ago at a dinner party hosted by George Soros at his Manhattan penthouse," Hickford wrote, indicating a billionaire who has been accused of funding conflict in Israel.
According to Hickford, Kerry should have stepped out of the Iran nuclear talks out of a conflict in interests given his ties to Zarif, with whom he ironically has been nominated for a joint Nobel peace prize.