Friday, 21 September, 2018

State Department Says 'Unfortunate' John Kerry Meets With Iran

John Kerry under fire after admitting to meetings with Iranian officials behind Trump’s back KERRY UNDER FIRE: Trump Admin SLAMS 'SHAMEFUL' John Kerry over 'Shadow Diplomacy'
Jeannette Daniel | 15 September, 2018, 00:54

"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 Paul Manafort who on Friday agreed to cooperate with federal investigators into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

The Iran agreement, struck in 2015 by the United States, other world powers, and Iran, lifted most USA and global sanctions against the country. "He told them to wait out the Trump Administration!" Trump called the get-togethers "illegal meetings" and asked why Kerry had not registered as a foreign agent.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires agents representing the interests of foreign powers to disclose their relationships with worldwide governments and their related activities and finances.

Republican lawmakers are also taking aim at Kerry for his candid revelation that since leaving office he has met several times with Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister who was his main interlocutor in the Iran deal negotiations.

Last week he took a swipe at Kerry after the former secretary of state did not rule out a 2020 Democratic presidential bid.

Reports that Kerry met with Zarif first surfaced in May.

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Trump suggested that it was "illegal" for Kerry to meet with Iran and tell them "to wait out the Trump Administration!" FARA's provisions don't extend to activities conducted entirely overseas, so where Kerry interacted with him matters.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Kerry allegedly told Hussein Agha, who is described as a "close associate" to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, that Abbas should not make any concessions to Trump in a peace agreement until 2020, as Kerry argued that Trump would be out of office by then.

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

Trump withdrew in May from the 2015 nuclear deal between the United States, Iran and five other world powers that gave Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

Kerry also said that he thought Trump should have stayed in the Iran deal, arguing that under the deal "you have China, Russia, these other countries with you in the effort to leverage this different behavior from Iran rather than unilaterally pulling out and isolating yourself and making it much more hard to sit down with any Iranian". One of those meetings took place in Oslo, Norway, and another in Munich, he said.

"That's not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that's not how it works", he said in the interview. "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".

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