Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference at the State Department Friday afternoon to officially condemn former Secretary of State John Kerry for working to undermine USA national security.
Asked if he thought Kerry's meeting had been illegal, Pompeo said he would leave the "legal determinations to others".
"This is a former secretary of state engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism", Mr Pompeo said of Mr Kerry's meetings, adding that just last week Iran directed its militias in Iraq to fire Katyusha rockets at the USA consulate in Basra.
"What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented", Mr Pompeo told a news conference, adding that he "ought not to engage in that kind of behaviour". "It's inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is as directed by this president, and it is beyond inappropriate".
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John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State, speaks during the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, June 7, 2018.
The spokesperson cited Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as having met "for decades with Russian Federation and China".
A principal architect of the Iran nuclear deal, Kerry, who is promoting a new book, told Fox News recently that he had met with Iranian officials after leaving office "a few times, two or three times". Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?
"John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people", Trump tweeted late Thursday. "What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics", the spokesperson added.
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".
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Mr Trump withdrew the U.S. from a nuclear deal that Mr Kerry clinched in 2015 between Iran and six world powers.
"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. Met Zarif again in NY in April. Kerry admitted to having multiple meetings with Iranian officials behind the backs of Trump administration officials.
"What did you do, John Kerry, that was BAD?" "Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!" he said on May 8. Particularly when Kerry is also blaming Trump for current tensions, insisting Iran is "prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues". You know, how does one resolve Yemen?
Sure, Kerry now says he's merely "trying to elicit what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better".
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