Kerry sees ‘diplomatic path’ on Iran



Published — Wednesday 27 February 2013

Last update 26 February 2013 11:02 pm

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BERLIN: US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted yesterday there was a “diplomatic path” to be forged with Iran on its disputed nuclear program, as world powers and Tehran held crunch talks.
“There is a diplomatic path,” said Kerry after meeting his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Berlin. He expressed his “hope” that “Iran itself will make its choice to move down the path of a diplomatic solution.”
The five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany — the so-called P5+1 — are meeting the Iranian team headed by top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Kazakhstan in a bid to break the deadlock over Iran’s program.
Kerry said it “would really be a mistake in the middle of the talks for me to try to talk at any length about what the dynamics of those talks are.”
“I want these talks to have their chance to work through before I comment,” added the secretary.
Nevertheless, he urged Tehran to accept the offer of western powers, saying they included “reciprocal measures that encourage Iran to make concrete steps in order to begin addressing the international community’s concerns.”
The world powers are offering Iran permission to resume its gold and precious metals trade as well as some international banking activity which are currently under sanctions, Western officials told AFP.

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