Kerry Says World Will Respond if Iran Brings 'Substance' to New Talks

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New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday said the window of diplomacy remains open for Iran as it prepares to meet later this month with world powers for new talks on its nuclear program.

"The choice is really ultimately up to Iran," Kerry told his first press conference since becoming America's top diplomat this week.

"The international community is ready to respond if Iran comes prepared to talk real substance and to address the concerns, which could not be more clear, about their nuclear program.

"If they don't, then they will choose to leave themselves more isolated. That's the choice," Kerry said, speaking after his first bilateral talks with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

Tehran has agreed to meet with the six world powers working to rein its suspect nuclear program for a new round of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan on February 26.

They last met in May in Baghdad, when the so-called P5+1 -- the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany -- demanded Iran scale back its uranium enrichment, the most worrying part of its program.

But because the P5+1 stopped short of offering relief from the sanctions, Iran walked away at the next round of talks in Russia.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said the P5+1 will put forward an "updated and credible" offer to Iranian leaders at the Almaty talks.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but many in the international community suspect that Tehran's real aim is to develop an atomic bomb.

Comments 1
Thumb mckinl 09 February 2013, 00:47

Heh, heh ...

Just substitute Israel for Iran in Kerry's little speech.