WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday trashed his predecessor John Kerry for his talks with the Iranian officials, calling Kerry’s acts undermining the U.S. policy on Iran.
“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented,” the top U.S. diplomat told reporters in a press conference held at the State Department.
“It is inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president (President Trump),” added Pompeo, blaming Kerry for “actively undermining” U.S. policy.
Kerry, the Obama-era Secretary of State and key architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, told reporters earlier that since leaving office he had met several times with Iran officials to save the landmark pact which the United States withdrew from months ago.
U.S. President Donald Trump accused Kerry of having “illegal meetings” with Tehran in a late Thursday tweet.
Washington has intensified its sanctions against Iran after Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal in May, a move that has been criticized widely by the international