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Iran's FM says his meeting with US senator spooked Trump

He says that's because the meeting with Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy was an opportunity to talk directly to “the American nation.”
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign minister says his recent meeting with a U.S. senator in Europe has spooked the Trump administration.

He says that's because the meeting with Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy was an opportunity to talk directly to “the American nation.”

Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday that President Donald Trump was “afraid of a senator hearing facts.” Trump has suggested the meeting may have violated U.S. law.

Sen. Murphy has defended the meeting, saying it's “dangerous not to talk to one’s enemies. He added that “I have no delusions about Iran — they are our adversary."

Tehran and Washington came close to an open conflict in January, when a U.S. drone strike in Iraq killed Iran’s top general.