Donald Trump slams John Kerry for 'illegal' Iran talks

Sep 16, 2018, 08:23 IST | Agencies

President Donald Trump had late on Thursday accused Kerry of holding "illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people"

Donald Trump slams John Kerry for 'illegal' Iran talks
John Kerry. Pics/AFP

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded on Friday on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" US policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.

In unusually blunt and caustic language, Pompeo said Kerry's meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif were "unseemly and unprecedented" and "beyond inappropriate." President Donald Trump had late on Thursday accused Kerry of holding "illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people."

Pompeo said he would leave "legal determinations to others" but slammed Kerry as a former secretary of state for engaging with "the world's largest state-sponsor of terror" and telling Iran to "wait out this administration." "You can't find precedent for this in US history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behaviour," an agitated Pompeo said.

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