Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pompeo slams Kerry for 'inappropriate' meetings with Iran officials

Pompeo slams Kerry for 'inappropriate' meetings with Iran officials

Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly met with Iranian leaders and advised them to simply wait out President Donald Trump's hostility.

"There's nothing unusual, let alone unseemly or'inappropriate, about former diplomats meeting with foreign'counterparts", a spokesman for Mr Kerry said in a statement. And according to him, right, you don't have to take my word for it, he - these are his answers, he was talking to them.

"When I met with the Iranians, the policies of the United States was still to be in the Iran deal because the president had not decided and not pulled out", Kerry said. "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 he'd "never seen anything quite like" the critical claims made about Trump in the anonymous New York Times op-ed purportedly penned by a senior White House official and in veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new tell-all book, Fear.

The law Trump invoked - the Foreign Agents Registration Act - requires registration and transparency by people or companies acting on behalf of foreign governments, political parties or individuals.

In a tweet at that time, Trump accused Kerry of "possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy" and criticized him for having negotiated "very badly". Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!

"What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented", Pompeo told reporters at the State Department Friday.

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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".

Kerry played a crucial role in crafting the Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement.

"I wasn't in the meeting, but I am reasonably confident that he was not there in support of United States policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran", Pompeo said.

Such meetings, between a private USA citizen and foreign officials, are not against the law and not necessarily inappropriate or a violation of federal regulations, but Trump and the GOP contend Kerry is trying to subvert the administration's hard line on Iran.

A day later he added: "John Kerry can't get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it!" The meetings came while Rex Tillerson was secretary of state and before Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA in May. A third is reported to have occurred at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on USA soil.

Later Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox News' "The Daily Briefing", Kerry did not deny the suggestion he told Iranians to "wait out" Trump until the next Democratic president. You know, how does one resolve Yemen?

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