Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10

VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—who is scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with Kerry this evening in Vienna—”frequently shouts at Western diplomats” in such a forceful manner that bodyguards have hurriedly entered the negotiation room on occasion worried that an incident might occur, according to one Iranian diplomat involved in negotiations who spoke anonymously with the Iranian press earlier this week.

Kerry: ‘Big gaps’ remain between U.S. and Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media after closed-door nuclear talks on Iran taking place in Vienna

Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Saturday afternoon that “big” and “serious gaps” remain between the United States and Iran as both nations rush to ink a deal aimed at containing Tehran’s nuclear work just over 48 hours before a self-imposed deadline for the talks expires.

In between sit-downs with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Kerry consulted with major players in the Middle East, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a senior State Department official told the Free Beacon.

J Street Loses Pumpkin Carving Contest for Second Straight Year

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The anti-Israel Middle East lobbying group J Street has once again been crowned the loser of its office building’s annual pumpkin carving contest in what insiders are describing as a demoralizing loss for a group that has few victories to its credit.

This year, J Street entered into the contest a pumpkin it called ‘The Walking Dead’, a title that many described as a metaphor for the group itself.