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Remaining B-Team Members Take US Military as Personal Mercenary - Zarif

Remaining B-Team Members Take US Military as Personal Mercenary - Zarif
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By Staff, Agencies

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said even former US secretary of state has admitted that an international group of warmongers, or the B-Team, wants to take the US military as its own personal mercenary.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Saturday, Zarif added that as confirmed by former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the B-Team uses US President Donald Trump as an "easy mark" to push him into waging a war.

"Even President Trump’s former Secretary of State now confirms what we have long pointed out: #B_Team took @realDonaldTrump for an easy mark who could be lied to and pushed to war—and the US military as their personal mercenary," he said.

The top Iranian diplomat added that some still do the job, despite Trump's firing of one member of the group, referring to the US president's ousting of National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Speaking on Tuesday during a panel interview with Harvard professors, Tillerson revealed that Trump was “played” by Machiavellian Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on several occasions.

“They did that with the president on a couple of occasions, to persuade him that ‘We’re the good guys, they’re the bad guys. We later exposed it to the president so he understood, ‘You’ve been played,” Tillerson, who served in the Trump administration as the Secretary of State from February 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, said.

The “B-team” is a term thrown into popular usage by Zarif. It refers to a group of politicians who share an inclination toward potential war with Iran, and the letter “b” in their names. They include Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and, formerly, Bolton. The term has gained wider usage to refer to such Iran hawks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as hard-line US Senators like Lindsey Graham.

The word is also a tacit reference to the group’s level of competence, always lagging behind the proverbial “A-team.”

In another tweet earlier on Saturday, Zarif pointed to the latest sanctions imposed by the United States on the Central Bank of Iran [CBI] and said Washington's new designation showed its desperation and the failure of its "max pressure."

He added that the new restrictions displayed “the preventing of the CBI from financing import of food & medicine” for the Iranian people.