Pompeo on Kerry: 'Actively Undermining US Policy,' 'Literally Unheard Of'


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.

"Every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world", Kerry said on "The Daily Briefing". 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. Trump called the get-togethers "illegal meetings" and asked why Kerry had not registered as a foreign agent.

You can't find precedent for this in United States history, and Secretary ought not to - Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior.

Manisha Singh, the assistant Secretary of State for economic affairs, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee today that such meetings would be "very inappropriate".

John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State, speaks during the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, June 7, 2018. Secretary (Henry) Kissinger has done it for decades with Russian Federation and China.

"I think I've seen him three or four times", Kerry said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Salem Radio in NY on Wednesday September 12, the radio anchor's website reported.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a disclosure statement that requires a person acting as an agent of a foreign principal in a political or quasi-political capacity to make public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal. "What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics", he said.

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As of this writing, Kerry, who is now promoting his new book "Every Day is Extra", has not responded to Trump's or Pompeo's broadsides.

Following the USA pullout from the nuclear agreement in May, Iran said it was interested in keeping the deal alive, but only if the remaining powers could guarantee it would not face economic isolation under Washington's sanctions.

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

Such meetings, between a private US citizen and foreign official, are not against the law and not necessarily inappropriate or a violation of federal regulations, but Trump and his allies say they are evidence that former Obama administration officials are trying to subvert Trump's policy. "The devil's always in the details", Rosenstein told the AP.

"What did you do, John Kerry, that was BAD?" A third is reported to have occurred at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on US soil. "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better", Kerry explained.

The latter assertion was a reference to a question Kerry fielded in his Fox News appearance about whether he has told Iranians to "wait out" Trump until there is a new president. You know, how does one resolve Yemen?