Iran\u2019s foreign minister said Wednesday that he believes his recent meeting with a US senator had spooked the Trump administration because it was an opportunity to talk directly to \u201cthe American nation.\u201d\r\nMohammad Javad Zarif met last week with Senator Chris Murphy on the sidelines of an international security conference in Germany. The Connecticut Democrat defended the meeting on Tuesday after his actions were questioned in conservative media, and as President Donald Trump suggested they may have violated US law, specifically the Logan Act that bars private citizens from conducting official diplomacy.\r\n\u201cTrump and Pompeo are afraid of a senator hearing facts from the Iranian foreign minister,\u201d Zarif said, speaking to reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting. He said this wasn\u2019t his first face-to-face chat with an American lawmaker in the last 20 years. It was not immediately clear which senators he\u2019d met with.\r\nSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped anyone who meets with Zarif would be\u00a0reflecting the US position with Iran.\r\n\u201cThis guy [Zarif] is designated by the United States of America,\u201d Pompeo said at a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. \u201cHe\u2019s the foreign minister for a country that shot down a commercial airliner and has yet to turn over the black boxes. This is the foreign minister of a country that killed an American on December 27. And it\u2019s the foreign minister of a country who is the largest world sponsor of terror and the world\u2019s largest sponsor of anti-Semitism.\u201d\r\nPompeo referred to the US treasury decision in July 2019 to designate Zarif for acting for the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. In April 2019, US President Donald Trump designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its Quds Force, as a foreign terrorist organization.\r\nIn January, Iran's aviation authority said it would not hand over flight recorders from the Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board. At the tailend of December, an American civilian contractor was killed and several were wounded in an Iranian rocket attack on an Iraqi military base where the contractors were housed.\r\n\u201cIf they met, I don\u2019t know what they said. I hope they were reinforcing America\u2019s foreign policy and not their own," Pompeo said.\r\nMurphy said meeting Zarif was important because it is \u201cdangerous not to talk to one\u2019s enemies,\u201d adding: \u201cI have no delusions about Iran \u2013 they are our adversary.\u201d\r\nOn Tuesday, Murphy's office confirmed to Al Arabiya English that he had met with Zarif at the Munich conference.