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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kerry warns Iran

During a visit to Turkey, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Ma) urges Iran to talk about its nuclear program while they still can (Hat Tip: Ron Kampeas via Laura Rozen).
Mr Kerry responded cautiously to recent Iranian suggestions that new negotiations over its nuclear programme could take place on Turkish soil – potentially provocative, given US displeasure over Ankara’s June vote against additional UN sanctions against Iran.

Mr Kerry urged Iran to take the opportunity for new talks in good faith, noting that the results of the US mid-term elections could harden attitudes in Washington.

The House of Representatives, where the Republicans will hold a majority when the new Congress meets in January, is likely to increase scrutiny of Iran policy. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has signalled her plans to hold hearings on Iran and is sceptical of any concessions to Tehran or pressure on Israel.

“[The House of Representatives] will be more ready to say, put up or shut up,” Mr Kerry said. “There are people in there who will not hesitate to say, ‘prepare the military option’.”

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At 12:11 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

As we say here in England:

"Who the f*** is Kerry??"

At 12:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Exactly.The Palestinians are not interested in making a deal and Iran is simply stalling for time despite sanctions. And sanctions won't be sufficient to stop Iran.

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's lunchtime in Jerusalem and now I can't eat after seeing that accompanying pic.

Make it go away! :(


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