Tag: John Kerry

Iran Refuses to Sign Written Nuclear Deal

The Obama administration and Congress have clashed over bills to impose new sanctions on Iran or to require Senate ratification of any nuclear deal. However, the Iranians appear to have treated the March 31 date as merely an opportunity to drag talks out further–this time, until a deadline of July 1.   When the extension […]

Kerry says ‘genuine progress’ made toward Iran nuclear deal, but ‘gaps remain’

Kerry also said he will stop in London later Saturday before returning to Washington to talk with France and United Kingdom leaders involved in the negotiations to “share ideas this evening on how to resolve remaining sticking points … to determine whether a deal is possible.” He also said he has already spoken with China […]

The ball is now in the Iranian court

French diplomacy refuses for the moment to back down from objections to a rushed agreement with Iran. Over the past few weeks, Paris has been leading a tougher stance on negotiations with Iran, compared with the official US positions.   French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius even called back his negotiating team this Thursday from Lausanne […]

Kerry in Egypt for talks on IS fight, Palestinians

Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Friday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he is to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group.   The top US diplomat, who is attending an investment conference in the Red Sea resort, […]

Kerry: Congress cannot modify any Iran-US nuclear agreement

“It is incorrect when (the letter) says that Congress can actually modify the terms of an agreement at any time. That is flat wrong,” Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which does not include Senator Tom Cotton, the Republican from Arkansas who wrote the letter. The White House slammed the letter as “reckless” and […]

Kerry on Spot When Asked About Saudi Hosts Giving Award to Man Who Said Bush Was Behind 9/11

In the Saudi capital on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry sidestepped an awkward question about his hosts’ awarding of a prestigious religious prize to a controversial Muslim cleric who has expressed support for Osama bin Laden and accused George W. Bush of being behind the 9/11 terror attacks.   “I really don’t know anything […]

Kerry in Saudi Arabia: US not seeking ‘grand bargain’ with Iran

Kerry was meeting with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which are unnerved by Shiite Iran’s suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons and its increasing assertiveness throughout the region. US officials said Kerry would reassure them that a deal with Tehran […]

Kerry Reportedly to Offer Gulf Nuclear Umbrella

Western sources have reportedly revealed that US Secretary of State John Kerry is offering Gulf States an American nuclear umbrella to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, as Kerry is finalizing a controversial deal with Iran ahead of a March 31 deadline for talks.   The sources spoke to the London-based Arabic language Al-Hayat newspaper, as cited by Yedioth Aharonoth, […]

Analysis: US, Sunni states talk about regional ‘nuclear umbrella’

Coinciding with the snap visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Saudi Arabia this week, the US military is considering deploying one of its THAAD defense systems in the region.   Both moves are intended to lessen concerns expressed in the Gulf countries about Iran’s nuclear program and its increasing interventions in conflicts […]

Iran Talks Closer on One-Year Nuclear ‘Breakout’ Demand

MONTREUX, Switzerland—Iran and six major powers are nearing an understanding that a final nuclear deal must be structured around the U.S. demand that Tehran stay at least a year away from amassing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon, according to people familiar with the negotiations.   The understanding about Iran’s so-called breakout time, if it […]