Trump lashes ex-secretary of state Kerry for Iran meetings

Lester Mason
Сентября 15, 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted that he has met with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in recent months in a bid to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, reported the Townhall.

Kerry said such meetings are appropriate, later explaining during a television interview on Fox News that "every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world".

"You can't find precedent for this in USA history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior, " an agitated Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

During interviews to promote his new book, Kerry told an interviewer that he has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif three or four times since leaving office and that their talks touched on the worldwide nuclear agreement, to which Iran, the EU, Russia and China still adhere.

Kerry's meetings do not appear to violate FARA, but some have suggested they could be in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the US government without authorization, though no one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law.

The Iran agreement, struck in 2015 by the United States, other world powers, and Iran, lifted most U.S. and worldwide sanctions against the country. FARA's provisions don't extend to activities conducted entirely overseas, so where Kerry interacted with him matters.

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"The devil's always in the details", Rosenstein said.

When reports of Kerry's ex-officio contacts with Zarif first surfaced in May, Trump tweeted similar thoughts. "Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!"

Pompeo's sharp criticism of Kerry comes a day after President Donald Trump accused the former secretary of state of "illegal" meetings on Iran in a late-night tweet. He noted that just this week Iranian-backed militias had fired rockets at USA diplomatic compounds in Iraq.

Kerry also said that he thought Trump should have stayed in the Iran deal, arguing that under the deal "you have China, Russia, these other countries with you in the effort to leverage this different behavior from Iran rather than unilaterally pulling out and isolating yourself and making it much more hard to sit down with any Iranian". A third is reported to have occurred at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on USA soil. "What I have done is tried to elicit from him (Zarif) what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better".

Hewitt followed up by asking Kerry if he was coaching Zarif on preserving the Iran deal, which Kerry denied. You know, how does one resolve Yemen?

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