Tag: John Kerry

Iran nuclear talks ‘could go either way’ says John Kerry

John Kerry announced on Sunday that every foreign minister involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions would return to Vienna, but stressed how “difficult issues” stood in the way of agreement. After eight days of talks in Austria’s capital, the US secretary of state said the immense diplomatic effort to resolve the confrontation over Iran’s […]

Kerry consults US partners before further talks with Iran

Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.   Speaking to reporters in Vienna, […]

U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years

The United States and Cuba formally agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations on July 20, setting up a trip to Havana by John Kerry, who would become the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in 70 years. Sealed by an exchange of letters between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President […]

As Kerry Returns to Iran Nuclear Talks, US Experts Warn That Deal ‘May Fall Short’

As Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Vienna Friday to lend a final push to the Iran nuclear talks, a bipartisan group of leading security experts, diplomats and retired senior military officers warned that absent several key provisions, an impending deal “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a […]

Plan B For Iran – Michael Crowley

President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran may yet fail. On Tuesday, exactly one week before a June 30 deadline for an agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader delivered his latest in a series of defiant statements, setting conditions for a deal—including immediate relief from sanctions, before Iran has taken steps to limit its nuclear program—that Obama […]

John Kerry on Iran’s nuclear disclosure

The International Atomic Energy Agency submitted 12 queries to Iran about its weaponization work in 2011. Tehran had only responded to one of them as of February 2013, and the IAEA’s leadership has acknowledged that it doesn’t think Iran will come clean before the June 30 deadline.   That makes some sense from Iran’s perspective, […]

A hard turn for Iran on military sites, and for Kerry on a bike

Nuclear talks between Iran and the United States intensified over the weekend in Geneva, one month ahead of a deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal.   Two major sticking points remain that are matters of political will: Whether Iran will allow international inspectors access to military sites suspected of hosting nuclear weaponization programs, and whether […]

U.S., Iran accelerate nuclear talks a month before deadline

A month out from a nuclear deal deadline, the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are gathering in Geneva this weekend, hoping to bridge differences over how quickly to ease economic sanctions on Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections.   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian […]

Internet ‘Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly’

Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is “a key component of our foreign policy.”   Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet. “As I’ve mentioned, the basic rules of international law apply in cyberspace. Acts of aggression are […]

Kerry Will Take Tough Approach in China Over South China Sea

Secretary of State John Kerry will leave China in “absolutely no doubt” about Washington’s commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and flight in the South China Sea when he visits Beijing this weekend, a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Setting the scene for what could be contentious encounters with Chinese leaders, including President Xi […]