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U.S.' Pompeo slams Kerry for 'inappropriate' meetings with Iran officials

15 September 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blistering assessment of President Donald Trump's character on Friday's broadcast of "Real Time with Bill Maher".

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In a special briefing on Friday where he was touting staffing and filling vacancies at the State Department, the US Secretary of State heavily criticised Mr Kerry for "unseemly and unprecedented" behaviour while meeting Iranian officials.

He added that, "actively undermining USA policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of".

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".

In a radio interview this week to promote a new book, Kerry said he had met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif "three or four times" since leaving office and that their discussions included the nuclear deal that Trump has since scrapped. Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!

"The United States does not need John Kerry's possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal", Trump tweeted.

Meanwhile, a senior State Department official, Manisha Singh, who is Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, commented that if Kerry held such meetings that would be constitute an inappropriate action. Along with Kerry, Moniz and Sherman played key roles in negotiating the 2015 agreement between Iran and several world powers that lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

"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, who this week fired Katyusha rockets toward the United States embassy in Baghdad and took action against our consulate in Basra", 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.

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

In this January 15, 2017 file photo, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with the media after attending the Mideast peace conference in Paris. "He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!"

In a Thursday night tweet, Trump took a different view, echoing criticism from conservative pundits from recent days. A third is reported to have occurred at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on US soil.

"No, that's not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that's not how it works", Kerry told Hewitt.

U.S.' Pompeo slams Kerry for 'inappropriate' meetings with Iran officials