Amid heightening tensions about the possible American withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iran’s top diplomat to try and save the pact. The two spent years in negotiations and now Kerry wants to try to salvage one of his most significant career achievements.

Kerry and Zarif

Kerry and Zarif Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State

More than a year after former US Secretary of State John Kerry’s term ended, Kerry and the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met in New York, the Boston Globe reported on Friday.

According to the report, Kerry met with Zarif two weeks ago in order to save one of his most prized life works, the Iranian nuclear deal. At the UN headquarters in New York, the two discussed possible ways to salvage the deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program for the second time in two months.

Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, told the Boston Globe: “It is unusual for a former secretary of state to engage in foreign policy like this, as an actual diplomat and quasi-negotiator. Of course, former secretaries of state often remain quite engaged with foreign leaders, as they should, but it’s rarely so issue-specific, especially when they have just left office.”

Kerry met the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier last month and talked on the phone with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Relations Federica Mogherini about the possible deal withdrawal. Kerry has also convened with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and in New York to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat.