(National Sentinel) Shadow Government: Reports Friday revealed that former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to ‘save’ the Iran nuclear deal he helped negotiate by holding secret meetings with Iranian diplomats.
The Boston Globe reported that Kerry began his secret meetings as reports spread that President Donald J. Trump was considering pulling out of the deal, which — as the current president — he has every right to do.
The paper said that Kerry “engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking Iranian official” who was also involved in the original negotiations, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
In addition to the Iranian official, Kerry has also met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French President Emmanuel Macron, and European Union official Federica Mogherini.
It wasn’t clear if Macron discussed his shadow meetings involving Kerry with Trump when the French leader visited the U.S. recently.
In an interview with the paper, Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at the Left-leaning Brookings Institute, said that it may be normal for former U.S. officials to remain in contact with foreign diplomats and leaders, but it’s highly unusual for them to be lobbying for a specific policy position.
The paper also said that Kerry and the others wanted to keep Trump out of the process because they believe if he knew about it that would anger him and make him that much more prone to pulling out of the deal.
That may have happened anyway.
Last week in an equally unusual global news conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled reams of data secreted out of Iran ostensibly proving that the Islamic republic did indeed have a secret nuclear weapons program, despite years’ worth of denials.
As NewsTarget reported:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released more than 100,000 Iranian documents on Monday in an unprecedented global news conference detailing how the “nuclear deal” reached with the Obama administration was “based on lies.”
“Iran did not come clean on its nuclear program,” he said in a speech that comes on the heels of Israeli airstrikes against a pair of Iranian bases in neighboring Syria and as President Donald J. Trump is nearing a decision on whether he wants the U.S. to remain in the deal.
As for Kerry’s initiative, his actions are troubling to many because he is seeking to undermine the current administration.
“Another concerning aspect to the story are the parallels to the actions of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was accused of violating the Logan Act by talking to foreign officials prior to Trump taking office. Kerry is possibly even more out of bounds because he is a private citizen as opposed to a member of the transition team for an incoming president,” The Daily Caller noted.