US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambasted his predecessor, John Kerry, for meetings with Iranian officials in back-channel talks and accused him of "actively undermining" the Trump administration's policy toward Tehran.
The Boston Globe reported that in these meetings Mr Kerry advised the Iranians to "wait out" the Trump administration's time in office, and in an interview with Fox News this week, the former Secretary of State did not deny nor did he confirm that assertion. "This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terror and, according to him. he was talking to them, he was telling them to wait out this administration". "It's inconsistent with what foreign policy of the United States is as directed by this president, and it is beyond inappropriate for him to be engaged". "Actively undermining USA policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of". Secretary (Henry) Kissinger has done it for decades with Russian Federation and China.
Kerry said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Salem Radio in NY on Wednesday, September 12 that he met with Zarif several times in recent months but insisted that his intention was not to "coach" Iran on how to manage Trump's rejections of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, as the landmark nuclear deal is labelled officially.
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However, Kerry made it clear in the interview that his intention was not to "coach" Iran on how to manage Trump's rejection of the deal.
In his tweet, Trump asked whether Kerry had complied with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The Commander-in-Chief ripped Kerry's "illegal meetings" with the "hostile Iranian regime" on social media, saying the former diplomat was aiming to "undercut our great work" in cracking down on the Islamic Republic.
Kerry, the former MA senator who worked as the nation's top diplomat in the Obama administration, made the comments about his interactions with Iran as he promotes his new book, "Every Day Is Extra". One revelation generating a lot of buzz is that, unbeknownst to President Trump, he has met with Iranian officials in recent months to try and save the Iranian nuclear deal, signed by President Obama in 2015.More news: Man Jailed For Posting Fake TripAdvisor Reviews
"I'm confident that they met with their troika counterparts", Pompeo continued.
"Mr. President, you should be more anxious about Paul Manafort meeting with Robert Mueller than me meeting with Iran's FM", Kerry said on Twitter shortly after Pompeo's remarks, referring to Trump's former campaign chairman who on Friday agreed to cooperate with federal investigators into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. "John Kerry can't get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it!"
President Donald Trump has spoken out his dissatisfaction with the meetings. "Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!" he said on May 8. A third is reported to have occurred at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on US soil. Particularly when Kerry is also blaming Trump for current tensions, insisting Iran is "prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues".More news: Manafort to cooperate with Mueller investigation in plea deal