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WASHINGTON –  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded Friday on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. 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 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.”

The article goes on to state the following:

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.” He noted that just this week Iranian-backed militias had fired rockets at U.S. diplomatic compounds in Iraq.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s denunciation of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s meetings with Iranian officials is just “theatrics,” a spokesperson for the former Democratic senator said.

“There’s nothing unusual, let alone unseemly or inappropriate, about former diplomats meeting with foreign counterparts,” the statement said. “Secretary Kissinger has done it for decades with Russia and China. What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics.”

The article goes on to state the following:

That reply echoed Pompeo’s criticism earlier Friday, when the former Republican lawmaker was asked if he agrees with President Trump’s contention that Kerry’s meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif violate the law. Pompeo ducked the legal question, but condemned the encounters on other grounds.

Kerry has denied “coaching” Iranian officials on how to respond to Trump administration policies. “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,” Kerry told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt.

Those conversations took place before Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, according to the Friday evening statement

“[I]n a long phone conversation with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year [Kerry] went into great detail about what he had learned about the Iranian’s view,” Kerry’s team said. “No secrets were kept from this administration. Like America’s closest allies, Kerry believes it is important that the commitments Iran made under the nuclear agreement, which took the world years to negotiate, remain effective. He was advocating for what was wholly consistent with U.S. policy at the time.”

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