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  • Germany warns Donald Trump against decertifying Iran deal

    10/13/2017 5:57:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.12.2017 | amp, dm/bk (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The German government has warned the US against withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump is expected to decertify Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 deal in a White House speech at 12:45 p.m. (16:45 UTC) on Friday. “We believe this agreement is an important instrument to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. “If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” he said. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • John Kerry says Trump is "creating an international crisis" over Iran deal

    10/13/2017 3:11:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 78 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 13, 2017 | By KATHRYN WATSON
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday blasted President Trump's decision not to re-certify Iran's compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, accusing Mr. Trump of jumpstarting an "international crisis." "President Trump's decision today is dangerous," Kerry said in a lengthy statement he posted to Twitter. "He's creating an international crisis. It endangers America's national security interests and those of our closest allies. "The president has polluted the negotiating waters and made it easier for legitimate concerns to be distinguished from back-door efforts to kill the deal," Kerry added. "What we've seen today lacks common sense and strategic thinking to...
  • Kerry apologizes for State Department discrimination against LGBT employees

    01/09/2017 6:56:04 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9, 2017 | By Theodore Schleifer and Laura Koran
    (CNN)The State Department on Monday formally apologized for what it describes as decades of discrimination against LGBT employees and job applicants, a rare statement meant to right wrongs that preceded current Secretary of State John Kerry. "These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today," Kerry said in a statement issued by the department in his name. "On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past." Kerry has been under pressure in recent weeks to issue a public apology. In November, Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat who...
  • Relations between Obama, Netanyahu camps hit rock bottom

    12/29/2016 11:33:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 1:53 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    It took eight years of backbiting and pretending they got along for relations between President Barack Obama’s administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to finally hit rock bottom. Though they’ve clashed bitterly before, mostly notably over Iran, the two governments seemed further apart than ever after a speech Wednesday by Secretary of State John Kerry and last week’s United Nations resolution. The key question for the Obama administration, newly willing to air grievances with Israel on live television, is why now? …
  • Schumer worried Kerry 'has emboldened extremists'

    12/28/2016 7:00:27 PM PST · by kevcol · 82 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 28, 2016 | Daniel Chaitin
    "While Secretary Kerry mentioned Gaza in his speech, he seems to have forgotten the history of the settlements in Gaza, where the Israeli government forced settlers to withdraw from all settlements and the Palestinians responded by sending rockets from Gaza into Israel," Schumer said in a statement. "This is something that people of all political stripes in Israel vividly remember.
  • Defending UN vote, Kerry ratchets up criticism of Israel

    12/28/2016 10:00:17 AM PST · by ColdOne · 70 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/28/16 | Jordan Fabian
    "Friends need to tell friends the hard truth," Kerry says during speech on Middle East peace plan https://t.co/hECQav0Jah pic.twitter.com/hTzIeXVLBo — CBS News (@CBSNews) December 28, 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday took aim at Israel’s government as he defended the administration's decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass resolution condemning the country's settlement activity. “Friends need to tell each other the hard truths and friendships require mutual respect,” Kerry said during a speech at the State Department.
  • John Kerry heading to Ireland to receive Tipperary International Peace Award [barf]

    10/28/2016 9:32:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Irish Central ^ | October 27, 2016 02:00 PM | Frances Mulraney
    US Secretary of State John Kerry is to receive the 2015 Tipperary International Peace Award, honoring his attempts to end the conflict in a number of countries. He will receive the award this Sunday, October 30, at a ceremony in Tipperary where his role in the negotiations for the surrender of Syria’s declared chemical weapons, in particular, will be highlighted. Established in 1984, the Tipperary Peace Convention annually honors a figure believed to have made great efforts towards achieving peace. […] Previous recipients of the award include South African president Nelson Mandela, secretary general of the UN Ban Ki-moon, Nobel...
  • White House denies there was an apology to Iran

    01/13/2016 4:46:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/16 | Ben Ariel
    The White House said on Wednesday that it is pleased that Iran released 10 American sailors it had detained, but continues to have concerns about Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and threats to Israel, Reuters reports. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Reuters he was not aware of any discussions between Washington and Tehran about an American apology for the incident and noted one "certainly" had not been given. Earnest explained that President Barack Obama had not mentioned the incident during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night so as not to elevate the issue and jeopardize the sailors'...
  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, ‘Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes’

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • Iran deal ‘done,’ Israeli report says, after major US concessions

    07/11/2015 7:46:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    A deal has been reached between the world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program after a series of major American concessions, Ehud Yaari, the Middle East affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 television, said Friday night. “It is done. It is done,” he said, and will be signed “early next week.” The aim of the agreement is to put a negotiated end to a 13-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program and to block its pathway to developing a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting biting global sanctions. Israel’s leadership has relentlessly opposed the emerging agreement,...
  • Kerry: Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today

    05/25/2015 12:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    At a reception at the State Department that marked the U.S. taking over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Benjamin Franklin lived today and was nominated for office he would never be confirmed. […] “(T)here is, of course, a second connection between Franklin and this reception,” Kerry said. “And that is that he liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didn’t spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have...
  • John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table (Yemen)

    04/25/2015 8:35:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.04.2015 | [bw/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP)]
    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the country. “This has to be a two-way street,” Kerry told reporters in Canada after taking part in a summit of Arctic nations. “We need the Houthi and we need those that can influence them to make sure that they are prepared to try to move… to the negotiating table,” Kerry said. Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had called on Friday for all Yemenis to enter a political dialogue to end the conflict. …
  • Obama: Nuke Deal With Ayatollah is ‘Political Agreement’ Not ‘Formal Treaty'

    04/18/2015 9:52:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/18/15
    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deal he and the leaders of five other major powers are trying to cut with the Iranian regime headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is a “political agreement” and “not a formal treaty.”As such, he said, Congress should not ordinarily have authority to sign off on this kind of deal.Obama made the statement when discussing legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and approved unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would give Congress 60 days to review an Iran nuclear deal made by the administration. During that 60 days,...
  • Nasrallah: Framework Nuclear Deal Strengthens Iran, its Allies [Hezbollah]

    04/07/2015 9:40:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Ari Soffer
    Hezbollah leader hails last week's framework deal, says it will allow Iran to back its terrorist proxies 'more than any time in history.' Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has hailed last week's framework deal over Iran's nuclear program, saying it will serve to strengthen the Islamic Republic's position in the Middle East. "Iran will become richer and wealthier and will also become more influential," he told Syria's Al-Ekhbariya TV in a live interview Monday night, in comments translated by Lebanon's The Daily Star. Such as scenario "will also reinforce the position of its allies," he added. "A stronger and wealthier Iran,...
  • Iranian, US Versions of Nuclear Deal Contradict Each Other

    04/06/2015 5:14:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 4/6/2015, 10:23 AM | Ari Yashar
    While US President Barack Obama’s administration has been so busily celebrating the framework deal sealed last Thursday with Iran over its nuclear program, official Iranian statements in Farsi appear to disprove Obama’s claims about what has or hasn’t been agreed. The New York Post outlined on Saturday the different statements about the agreement. Those statements include one by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini, as well as an official Iranian text, a text in French, and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s summary which presents the framework as being a done deal. […] But...
  • FM: Iran could resume nuclear activities if West withdraws

    04/04/2015 3:57:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2015 5:43 PM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran would be able to return to its current level of nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has the power to take “corresponding action” and “will be able to return” its nuclear program to the same level if the other side fails to honor the agreement. …
  • Kerry Mentions Iranian Son-in-Law in Greeting to Iran

    01/25/2014 9:06:33 PM PST · by Mortrey · 66 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | March 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran. “I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement.
  • Old Crimson Interview Reveals A More Radical John Kerry

    03/28/2015 4:41:52 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 23 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 11, 2004 | ZACHARY M. SEWARD
    “I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”
  • Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal...

    03/28/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 73 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ""Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal would happen"" Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline. “Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor. As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...