Tag: John Kerry

Saudi Arabia-Iran conflict could hurt Obama efforts to end Syria civil war

Beneath this weekend’s rupture in Iranian-Saudi relations lies a deeper fault line between the United States and Saudi Arabia that may hamper U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to end Syria’s civil war, current and former U.S. officials said.   The Saudi government’s decision to execute Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday, despite U.S. warnings, […]

Iran ships 25,000lb of low-enriched uranium to Russia as part of nuclear deal

A ship carrying 25,000lb (11,000kg) of low-enriched uranium left Iran for Russia on Monday, marking one of the most vital steps yet in a high-stakes deal to deny Iran a nuclear weapon.   “I am pleased to report that we have seen important indications of significant progress towards Iran completing its key nuclear commitments under […]

Iran Says New U.S. Visa Rule May Violate Nuclear Pact

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, told state media on Monday that the visa restriction was an “obstacle, placed by some individuals,” that he hoped would soon be resolved. Mr. Zarif referred to a letter sent by Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday, asserting that the restriction would not affect the nuclear agreement.   […]

Exclusive: In favoring Middle East ally, U.S. glossed over human rights record

As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the Gulf sultanate of Oman from an embarrassing public rebuke over its human rights record, rewarding a close Arab ally that helped broker the historic deal.   In a highly unusual intervention, the department’s hierarchy overruled its […]

Assad Can Stay, For Now: Kerry Accepts Russian Stance

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accepted Russia’s long-standing demand that President Bashar Assad’s future be determined by his own people, as Washington and Moscow edged toward putting aside years of disagreement over how to end Syria’s civil war.   “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry […]

Exaggeration continues to fuel climate-change agenda

Various governments may have agreed on what they’re calling a new climate “agreement,” but the debate is far from over.   The Paris agreement adopted on December 12 aims to prevent what some are calling “man-made global warming” from rising another 1.8 degrees (Fahrenheit) between now and the end of the century. Some religious leaders […]

Kerry: I Don’t Know the Endgame for Israel

Expressing renewed exasperation over the United States’ inability to forge a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry says he has no idea how the more than 60-year-old conflict will come to an end. But what’s potentially worse, he says, is that the Israelis don’t know either, even though they have […]

Kerry warns: Israel could become a ‘unitary state’

The comments came in an interview with the New Yorker published on Monday, and which was conducted after Kerry’s recent meeting in Germany with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.   Kerry told the magazine that he believes that Israelis headed toward becoming a “unitary state that is an impossible entity to manage” and warned that such […]

John Kerry: No regime change necessary

US Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a seemingly significant shift for the US’s policy in Syria on Tuesday, after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.   “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry said in reference to the US’s preferred outcome to the Syrian civil war, according […]

John Kerry Visits Moscow to Prepare for Talks on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry pressed ahead on Tuesday in the effort to organize a new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war that could also align the United States and Russia more closely in strategies for fighting the Islamic State.   After an extended trip to Paris for climate talks, Mr. […]