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Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal

Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 01:13

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wraps up three days of nuclear talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers. On Tuesday, Netanyahu said in a speech in the U.S. Congress that Washington was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift. Kerry said politics and external factors would not distract from the talks, which aim to constrain Iran with intrusive U.N. access and verification of its nuclear activity and lengthen the "break-out" time needed for it to build any nuclear weapon. "No one has presented a more viable, lasting alternative for how you actually prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. So folks, simply demanding that Iran capitulate is not a plan. And nor would any of our P5+1 partners support us in that position," Kerry told reporters after more than 10 hours of talks all told with Zarif. The other P5+1 countries are Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, who would all have to sign off on any deal.

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Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal

Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 01:13