September 29, 2016 / 4:39 PM / 10 months ago

U.S. on verge of suspending talks with Russia on Syria - Kerry

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry votes in the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 23, 2016.Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States is on the verge of suspending talks with Russia on trying to implement a ceasefire agreement to end the violence in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

"We are on the verge of suspending the discussion because it is irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place to be sitting there trying to take things seriously," Kerry told an audience in Washington. "It is one of those moments where we are going to have to pursue other alternatives," he added.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed

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