John Kerry Reportedly Spotted Meeting Iranian Diplomats in Paris, Trash-Talking Trump
John Kerry was just seen leaving a cafe in Paris after meeting with what appeared to be five Iranians driven in vehicles with diplomatic plates, according to Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Osborne.
Osborne tweeted on Saturday: "So John Kerry just left a meeting @ L’Avenue in Paris w/3 Iranians. A friend was sitting next to their table and heard JK blasting
@realDonaldTrump. The Iranians had a 5 person security detail and left in diplomatic vehicles. Is he FARA registered?"
"FARA" is the Foreign Agents Registration Act. According to the Department of Justice, FARA "requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities."
On Sunday, Osborne tweeted out more photos from the meeting. Human rights activist M. Hanif Jazayer provided information about the attendees at the meeting in Paris.
Kerry has been criticized lately for trying to save the Iran deal behind the scenes. The Boston Globe reported his backdoor machinations in detail.
John Kerry’s bid to save one of his most significant accomplishments as secretary of state took him to New York on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, where, more than a year after he left office, he engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking Iranian official.
He sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the pact limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings.
With the Iran deal facing its gravest threat since it was signed in 2015, Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve it, using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as the top US diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.