A failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State admitted in an interview that he has gone behind the back of the Trump administration to continue to negotiate President Barack H. Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran.
“Former Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed that he has been conducting rogue diplomacy with top Iranian officials to salvage the landmark nuclear deal and push the Islamic Republic to negotiate its contested missile program, according to recent remarks,” said Wednesday report.
The report said that Kerry has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” in recent months without informing the Trump administration.
“What I have done is try to elicit from him [Zarif] what Iran might be willing to do to change the dynamic of the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said. “How does one resolve Yemen, what do you do to try and get peace in Syria? Those are the things that really are preoccupying him because those are the impediments to Iran’s ability to convince people its ready to embrace something different.”
Kerry seems to have conveniently forgotten that the turmoil in Syria and Yemen (not to mention Libya) was a direct result of eight years of awful interventionist foreign policy from the Obama administration, a type of policy which voters roundly rejected in 2016.
President Donald J. Trump abandoned the deal in May.
The deal forged by the Obama administration lifted economic sanctions on Iran allowing them access to $100 billion in assets frozen overseas with essentially a word-of-mouth agreement that Islamic nation would not covertly continue to build its nuclear program. The former president also transferred $1.7 billion in cash to Iran.
Four months ago, Kerry admitted to similar negotiations, raising questions of whether he violated the Logan Act, which “forbids private citizens from engaging in unauthorized correspondence with foreign governments.”
The Logan Act is the same law that Democrats cried foul over, claiming that General Michael Flynn broke the law by having contact with the Russian government during the Trump transition. Of course, it is totally normal for incoming administrations to make contact with foreign nations to establish diplomatic relations.
It is not normal for a former Secretary of State to continue to negotiate on behalf of the United States long after his tenure is up, which is exactly what Kerry is doing.
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