By Iran Probe staff
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Sahar Nowruzzadeh, a member of the US State Department policy team since January 2016, has been set aside from her post. She was one of the few individuals who had maintained her post following the changing of guards in Washington.
The State Department confirmed Nowruzzadeh has lost her position without providing any details of her new role or any other reasoning of her dispositioning. Nowruzzadeh has returned to the department’s office of Iranian affairs, the announcement reads, adding best wishes for her in her new post.
Nowruzzadeh was considered a very active individual in the Iran nuclear negotiations and went distances for the Iranian regime to have the deal approved.
Iranian state-run media have covered her dispositioning on a wide scale, citing the Politican website and Philip Gordon, another former State Department official from the Obama administration who had criticized the move. Nowruzzadeh had no intention to return to the State Department, but they forced her to return to the Iranian affairs office, the Iranian state-run media claim.
After Nowruzzadeh was reappointed at her post last month many American outlets and think-tanks reacted strongly and raised various criticism in this regard, considering such a move in contrast to the Trump administration’s general policy on Iran.
News of Nowruzzadeh’s relocation is published at a time that in the past four days four senior US officials have assumed strong positions against the Iranian regime, emphasizing America’s general policy on Iran is currently under review. This can lead to Nowruzzadeh’s expulsion from the State Department’s policy making team.
Nowruzzadeh was consistently under criticism for advocating a pro-Iran policy and having close relations with Iran’s lobby in the US. In 2009 she was officially a member of the known Iran lobby group, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).