Tag: John Kerry

Terrorists Kill for Thrill Seeking, Not Islamic Jihad

In a speech calling for a global effort against violent extremism, Kerry said it would be a mistake to link Islam to criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking and other factors.   “We have to keep our heads,” Kerry said. “The biggest error we could make would be to blame Muslims for crimes…that their […]

After chilly White House response, Kerry says Benjamin Netanyahu welcome to speak in US ‘any time’

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome to give a speech at “any time” in the United States, hours after the White House expressed displeasure with the procedure behind a congressional invitation extended to the premier, AFP reported.   Earlier Wednesday, US House of Representatives Speaker John […]

Kerry hugs Hollande, says US ‘shares pain’ after attacks

US top diplomat John Kerry said Friday his country shared France’s pain over last week’s Islamist attacks, after a warm embrace with President Francois Hollande who said their countries needed to work together against extremism.   “I know you know that we share the pain and the horror of everything that you went through,” said […]

Iran nuclear talks: Kerry meets Zarif in Geneva

Mr Kerry said he and Mohammad Javad Zarif needed to “take stock” ahead of a new round of negotiations on Thursday. Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. An interim deal was struck in November 2013 but deadlines for a comprehensive deal have since been […]

Hopes of nuclear deal with Iran fade, as diplomats now seek extension

The possibility of the U.S. and five other nations reaching a nuclear deal with Iran by this week’s deadline began to fade Sunday with reports that diplomats are now discussing an extension.   Secretary of State John Kerry and the other world leaders have started internal discussions on extending the talks — one day before […]

Kerry cancels plans to pull back from Iran nuke talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans Friday to pull back from talks with Iran about the country’s nuclear program — a shift that suggested some hope of movement on the protracted negotiations.   Kerry is staying in Vienna to continue negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and others at the negotiating […]

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, says negotiators not looking for an extension on deadline

In Vienna, Kerry is going to “check in” on the high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. It is not yet determined how long he will stay in Vienna, leaving open the possibility that he might not remain until Monday’s deadline for a deal. Kerry is to meet with the U.S. […]

Iran nuclear talks: Kerry says talks focused on a deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is not being discussed.   Negotiations in Vienna will instead focus on “driving towards” the outline of an agreement, he said.   World powers want Iran to show it is not building nuclear weapons, in exchange […]

Russian FM Says Kerry Told Him to ‘Ignore’ Obama’s Criticism

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry told him to “ignore” recent statements by President Obama, which placed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine on a par with global threats such as ISIS terrorism and Ebola. Comments by the president, made at a Democratic campaign fundraiser last month and in his […]

Kerry to Meet Abbas in Jordan – But Not Netanyahu

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is to meet Washington’s top diplomat to discuss the upsurge in violence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, his spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.   The meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry will take place in the Jordanian capital at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT) on Thursday, Nabil Abu Rudeina […]