Iran Not Even Thinking of Negotiation with US: Spokesman

Iran Not Even Thinking of Negotiation with US: Spokesman

Iran Not Even Thinking of Negotiation with US: Spokesman

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday lambasted his predecessor, John Kerry, for meetings with Iranian officials in back-channel talks and accused him of "actively undermining" the Trump administration's policy towards Tehran. "You can't find precedent for this in USA history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behaviour", an agitated Pompeo said.

Speaking on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate said he believes Trump has "the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl". "He was telling them to wait out this administration", Pompeo told reporters on September 14. Kerry offered Henry Kissinger, the secretary of state under the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations, as an example and added that there's "nothing unusual about it". "It's inconsistent with what foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president, and it is beyond inappropriate for him to be engaged in this". --2:05 p.m.President Donald Trump is ramping up his criticism of outmoded Secretary of Convey John Kerry.

While meetings between private USA citizens and foreign officials are not illegal or in violation of federal regulations, Josh Rosenstein, a partner with the Washington law firm Sandler Reiff and specialist in lobbying compliance, told The Associated Press there are too many unanswered questions - specifically in regards to where the meetings took place and what was specifically discussed.

Asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday if he had offered Zarif advice on how to deal with Trump's decision to withdraw from the pact, he replied: "No, that's not my job".

Iran would only think about talks with the United States if the U.S. returned to the nuclear deal, Zarif told the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Iran was previously unable to access American currency because European banks were hesitant to deal with Iran, fearing USA sanctions.

Pompeo added that countries, especially in Europe, have already seen the ramifications of engaging with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Lieberman, who doesn't support the Iran deal, said he wasn't sure if what Kerry was doing was illegal, but said he does find it very concerning.

Fleischer put his finger on the inherent flaw in the Logan Act: it is very hard to establish with legal precision whether conversations between private citizens and foreign officials constitute treachery against US government policy. While the former head of the State Department insists that he has not been negotiating on behalf of the US, many believe he is attempting to undermine the Trump administration. However, on whether the meetings were illegal, he said he would leave "legal determinations to others".

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