☢️ Former US secretary of state John Kerry reportedly met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN two weeks ago in an effort to salvage the nuclear deal signed between Washington and Tehran, the Boston Globe reported on Friday.
According the Globe, which cited a person who was briefed on the meetings, this was the second time in about two months the two had met in an effort to prevent the deal, which they negotiated during the Obama administration, from falling apart.
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. President Trump, who has consistently criticized the pact and campaigned in 2016 on scuttling it, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to continue abiding by its terms.
Kerry also met last month with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and he’s been on the phone with top European Union official Federica Mogherini, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal the private meetings. Kerry has also met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both Paris and New York, conversing over the details of sanctions and regional nuclear threats in both French and English.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Monday evening conclusive proof of a secret project underway in Iran for the development of a nuclear weapon, evidence that proves that Tehran had lied “big time” to the international community.