The Trump administration has spoken out regarding controversial meetings that former Secretary of State John Kerry had with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Kerry has admitted to meeting “three or four times” with Zarif since he left office. However, a State Department official warned of potential consequences of the meetings during a meeting with the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.
“I don’t have personal knowledge of those meetings, but, if that is happening, again, I would find it very inappropriate,” said State Department official Manisha Singh.
President Donald Trump has spoken out his dissatisfaction with the meetings.
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 American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018
During an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Kerry explained the purpose of the meetings.
“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 said. “You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different.”
Singh warned that officials from past administrations should not attempt to go around the current administration’s policy.
“We have a long list of things that we’re focused on and it’s unfortunate if people from a past administration would try to compromise the progress that we are trying to make in this administration,” Singh said.