Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he was “disheartened” but not surprised by allegations that his predecessor John Kerry had informed a top Iranian official of Israeli operations in Syria — and said Kerry needs to explain what he did or did not say.
“I was unsurprised,” Pompeo told Fox News Digital in an interview on Tuesday. “But it reminded me that every leader has a special responsibility to defend their oath to the Constitution, and when I heard Foreign Minister [Javad] Zarif talk about the fact he learned about Israeli operations in Syria from an American former secretary of state, it was truly disheartening.”
Zarif said in leaked audio obtained by The New York Times and other outlets, that he was astonished when Kerry revealed that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria more than 200 times. It is unclear when the alleged conversation took place.
Kerry, who serves as President Biden’s National Security Council special climate envoy, has denied telling Iran information about Israeli military operations, calling the allegations “unequivocally false.”
I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since. https://t.co/BTOdFE1khW— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) April 26, 2021
But Republican critics have noted that Kerry has long faced accusations of forming back channels with the Iranians — even as the Trump administration was pursuing a “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran and withdrawing from the Kerry-backed Iran deal.
“We knew Secretary Kerry was out talking to the Iranians,” Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s “The Story.” “We knew that the administration, the previous administration, was actively telling the Iranians, look, this maximum pressure campaign that the Trump administration has put in place, you can wait it out.”Full Article | foxnews.com
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