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Kerry: U.S. must pursue Iran talks before considering going to war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has an obligation to pursue nuclear negotiations with Iran before it considers going to war with Tehran to force it to give up its nuclear activities, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. "We took the initiative and led the effort to try to figure out if before we go to war there actually might be a peaceful solution," Kerry told a group of reporters.

Kerry decries 'new isolationism', says U.S. acts like poor nation

By Arshad Mohammed and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decried what he called a "new isolationism" in the United States on Wednesday and suggested that the country was beginning to behave like a poor nation. Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kerry opens door to extended talks for Israeli-Palestinian deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged on Wednesday he hopes at best to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a "framework" for a peace agreement by April 29, but that a final deal could take another nine months or more. Kerry brought the two sides back into negotiations on July 29 after a three-year gap and, at the time, said that "Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months."

Mideast peace talks will slip beyond April

US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Wednesday that his quest to seal a full Middle East peace deal will slip beyond an April deadline. He was first hoping to agree a framework to guide the talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Kerry told a small group of reporters in Washington, including AFP. "Then we get into the final negotiations. I don't think anybody would worry if there's another nine months, or whatever it's going to be... But that's not defined yet," he said in his private conference room at the State Department.

Kerry likens Uganda anti-gay law to Nazism, apartheid

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday compared tough new anti-gay laws enacted in Uganda to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany or apartheid in South Africa. "You could change the focus of this legislation to black or... Jewish, and you could be in 1930s Germany or you could be in 1950s, 60s apartheid South Africa," the top US diplomat told a small group of reporters.

Kerry peace proposals 'unacceptable': Palestinian source

Ideas proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas cannot "serve as the basis for a framework accord" with Israel, a Palestinian official said Friday. "The ideas proposed cannot be accepted by the Palestinian side as the basis for a framework accord between the Palestinians and Israel as they do not take into account the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity, after Abbas and Kerry met in Paris this week.

Kerry peace proposals 'unacceptable': Palestinian source

Ideas proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas cannot "serve as the basis for a framework accord" with Israel, a Palestinian official said Friday. "The ideas proposed cannot be accepted by the Palestinian side as the basis for a framework accord between the Palestinians and Israel as they do not take into account the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity, after Abbas and Kerry met in Paris this week.

Kerry in 'constructive' Paris talks with Abbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry held "constructive" talks in Paris with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas meeting twice in less than 24 hours as they seek to hammer out a peace deal, a US official said Thursday. The two men met Thursday for two hours swapping Abbas's Ramallah headquarters on the West Bank where they normally meet for an upscale Parisian hotel where the Palestinian leader also hosted Kerry for dinner on Wednesday.

Kerry in 'constructive' Paris talks with Abbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry held "constructive" talks in Paris with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas meeting twice in less than 24 hours, a US official said Thursday. The two men met Thursday for two hours with their teams exchanging Abbas's Ramallah headquarters where they normally meet for an upscale hotel where the Palestinian leader also hosted Kerry for dinner on Wednesday.

Kerry in 'constructive' Paris talks with Abbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry held "constructive" talks in Paris with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas meeting twice in less than 24 hours, a US official said Thursday. The two men met Thursday for two hours with their teams exchanging Abbas's Ramallah headquarters where they normally meet for an upscale hotel where the Palestinian leader also hosted Kerry for dinner on Wednesday.
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