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Kerry faces calls to step down over leaked Iran tapes

4/26/21
from The Hill,
4/26/21:

John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama’s secretary of State.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) called for Kerry’s resignation in a floor speech, one of several senators to do so Monday. ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t do this lightly. In my entire time in the Senate, I’ve never called for anyone’s resignation,” Sullivan said. “But his record, John Kerry’s record, of undermining working families and working against American national security interests was too much to bear. He needs to go.” “When I read this today, I was astonished as well that a former secretary of State, now a member of President Biden’s National Security Council ... would reveal the secrets of one of our most important and enduring allies in the region to an avowed enemy,” he added.

The revelations in the leaked audio come as the U.S. is participating in indirect discussions with Iran over ways for both sides to return to compliance with the 2015-Obama era nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Israel is opposed to the U.S. reentering the deal, saying it does not prevent Iran from ever attaining a nuclear weapon and is a risk to Israel's survival. Republicans attacked Kerry as betraying Israel, America’s closest ally in the region.

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