Kerry: US will not accept Iranian delays

“Countries that have peaceful programs do not have problems proving to people that they are peaceful,” US sec. of state says.

February 15, 2013 01:02
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US SECRETARY OF STATE John Kerry walks with EU official Catherine Ashton in Washington, Feb 14

Kerry and Ashton 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that America would not “get trapped in a delay-after-delay process” of negotiations with Iran.

Kerry, who made remarks alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ahead of their meeting at the State Department, warned Iran that the onus was on it to make progress at negotiations, which are set to resume later in the month.

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“These talks can only make progress if the Iranians come to the table determined to make and discuss real offers and engage in a real dialogue,” Kerry said.

He added, “Countries that have peaceful programs do not have problems proving to people that they are peaceful.”

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Iran, Kerry indicated, would have to prove it is prepared to be open to a diplomatic process, though he did not spell out how it would be expected to do so.

Ban briefly noted his hope that the talks in Kazakhstan would yield results before turning his attention to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a subject Kerry mentioned only in passing.

“We all need to make special effort to forge a two-state solution before the window of opportunity closes,” he stressed.

Ban welcomed the upcoming visits Kerry and US President Barack Obama are planning to make to the region as an opportunity to make progress.

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