Time: 12:38 AM
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday
that John Kerry, former Secretary of State during the era of former President
Barack Obama, has been "actively undermining US policy" on Iran, in reference
to his meetings with Iranian officials.
On Kerry's meetings with Iranian officials, Pompeo told reporters "what
Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented. This is a former
Secretary of State engaged with the world's largest state sponsor of terror".
Pompeo added "it's inconsistent with what foreign policy of the United
States is, as directed by this president and it is beyond inappropriate for
him to be engaged".
"He (Kerry) was telling them to wait out this administration. You can't
find precedent for this in US history and Secretary Kerry ought not engage in
that kind of behavior," he remarked.
In a radio show, Kerry acknowledged meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister
Javad Zarif "three or four times" since leaving office, saying "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".
For his part, President Donald Trump blasted Kerry's meetings, saying in a
tweet "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
"He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under
the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!" he stressed.
On Fox News, Kerry commented on his meetings saying, "every secretary of
state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes
to security conferences, goes around the world," adding "I think everybody in
the world is talking about waiting out President Trump".
Meanwhile, Pompeo affirmed that "make no mistake about it, come November
4th (deadline) there will be a fundamentally different set of rules with
respect to anyone who deems it necessary to engage in economic activity with
the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a big, important day".
He stressed that many countries are already taking actions "to move out of
Iran, to discontinue doing business with them in advance of the November 4th
deadline ... they're also coming to see that this activity is supporting the
exact kinds of malign activity that President Trump has been talking about
since the first day he took office".
He continued "I think the world is beginning to see that the challenge is
much bigger than anything that the JCPOA even pretended to have addressed".