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Iran nuclear talks unravel after Binyamin Netanyahu intervention

Julian Borger, The Guardian The diplomatic progress that brought six foreign ministers tantalizingly close to a historic agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is in danger of unraveling before negotiators meet again this month, officials and analysts warned on Sunday. In a bid to contain the danger, the lead US…

NSA revelations give ‘Monsieur Kerry’ a rockier road in France

NSA revelations give ‘Monsieur Kerry’ a rockier road in France (via The Christian Science Monitor) French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris on Tuesday. US-French relations have proven rockier than expected during Mr. Kerry’s tenure, thanks…

John Kerry: UN climate report ‘yet another wakeup call’

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday called the latest report on climate change by an influential UN panel “yet another wakeup call,” urging strong action to battle its impacts. “This isn’t a run of the mill report to be dumped in a filing cabinet. This isn’t a political document…

China and U.S. call on Iran to accept nuclear offer

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed Thursday on the need for a positive response by Iran in renewed nuclear talks, a US official said. “Both the US and China believe that Iran should cooperate and should respond positively to the offer on the…

John Kerry to sign UN Arms Trade Treaty this week

US Secretary of State John Kerry will this week sign the first global treaty to regulate the $80 billion annual trade in conventional arms, seeking to stem the flow of weapons used in war crimes and genocide. A source familiar with the diplomatic maneuvers confirmed to AFP that Kerry would…

John Kerry: We stand with the Kenyan people

The United States is monitoring the bloody siege in a Kenyan shopping mall and will stand with the country’s people in the days ahead, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. “Ruthless and valueless terrorists remain a serious challenge everywhere in the world as we all know, whether…

Syria hails U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal as a ‘victory’ that averts war

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is a “victory” that averts a war, a Syrian minister said Sunday, as Washington’s top diplomat briefed Israel about the landmark deal. “On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting…

McCain: Agreeing to Syria chemical weapons deal without military force is ‘a loser’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that an agreement between the United States and Russia that met President Barack Obama’s goal of securing Syria’s chemical weapons without being drawn into a war was a “loser.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that the framework would identify…

U.S. and Russia agree on Syria chemical weapons plan: John Kerry

Washington and Moscow have agreed a deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime. And we…

U.S. and Russia enter third day of negotiations on Syria

The United States and Russia were Saturday to hold a third day of complex talks, seeking to hammer out a deal on eliminating Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons, amid persistent differences. UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday meanwhile accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of crimes against humanity as the talks aimed…

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