Kerry: I Had ‘Normal Conversations’ with Foreign Leaders and Said They Should ‘Try to Keep’ Iran Deal

On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” former Secretary of State John Kerry responded to a report that he met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif two weeks ago to salvage the Iran deal by stating that he had “normal conversations” that all former secretaries of state have with leaders in other nations to educate themselves and that all he did was suggest that people “ought to try to keep the agreement.”

Kerry said, “Until today, until this afternoon, the policy of the United States of America was to be in the Iran agreement. Until today, our nation remained one of the guiding forces within that agreement, and only today did the policy change.”

He continued, “[B]y the way, my conversations with these people are the normal conversations that I assure you every former secretary of state has with leaders in other countries, with people that we know, as we try to educate ourselves and make sure we’re up to date on what’s happening in the world. These are normal conversations. And all I did was suggest to them, look, you guys really ought to try to keep the agreement. I hope you’ll keep the agreement and continue to keep the agreement.”

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