Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo On Tuesday he said he was “disappointed”, but was not surprised by the allegations made by his predecessor John Kerry. A senior Iranian official inquired Israeli operations in Syria – Kerry should explain what he did or did not say.
“I’m not surprised,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News Digital on Tuesday. But every leader has a special responsibility to uphold the promise of the Constitution, which reminded me when I asked the Secretary of State [Javad] Zarif talks about what he heard from the former US Secretary of State about Israeli activities in Syria, which is really encouraging. “
Zarif said in the leaked audio clip he just received New York system Others were surprised when Kerry revealed that Israel had hit Iranian targets in Syria more than 200 times. It is not clear when the alleged conversation took place.
Kerry, who serves as the National Security Council’s special envoy for President Biden’s climate, declined to release information on Israeli military operations in Iran, describing the allegations as “undoubtedly false.”
But Republican critics point out that Kerry has long been accused Formation of posterior canals With the Iranians – even though the Trump administration has pursued a policy of “maximum pressure” against Tehran and withdrew from the Iran deal with Kerry’s support.
“We know Secretary Kerry is talking to Iranians,” Pompeo told Fox News. “Story.” “We know the government, the previous administration, is actively announcing to the Iranians, look, this intense pressure campaign by the Trump administration, you can wait.”
The Trump administration withdrew from the deal with Iran and imposed sanctions on Tehran. The Biden administration has indicated it will rejoin the deal, and the UN has called for a boycott of the regime. The Trump era of re-imposing sanctions has stopped trying again.
The State Department at the time withdrew from the controversy, claiming that the strikes were in the public domain.
“If I go back and look at the press releases of that time, I would like to say the general opinion that it is not entirely secret,” a State Department spokesman said Monday. “And the participating governments have officially spoken about it.”
Although it is unclear when the talks took place, Pompeo said the comments would never apply to Iran as a major adversary.
He told Fox News Digital: “The deadline is important in terms of the risks it poses to Israeli actions or actions by our allies and friends, but overall there is no deadline for when such relevant feedback will be given. . “The words of Secretary of State Zarif certainly indicate that the timeline provided him with information before the Iranians did so, or that the State Department could identify these actions.”
Number of Republicans He called for an investigation and even Kerry was forced to resign. Pompeo said it was important to explain what Kerry said and when he said it. He remembered what Kerry had said before that he and Zaire had only met a few times, but not how many times they had talked.
“He was very clear in his response to the number of meetings they held and did not mention how many times or times they spoke by phone, text or email,” he said. “Understanding the purpose of communication is important.”
Pompeo also pointed out that the Allies were watching the controversy over whether the United States could be trusted with important information.
“They are looking at whether the United States can be trusted with the information they provide us,” he said. “The American people need to know what happened. I hope the Secretary will come and talk about what they’re talking about, how many times he’s talked to them, how he’s sharing the information he has on his phones, and he’s helping to understand what the Secretary is talking about.”