Kerry: We’re Mindful of Israel’s Security Needs


kerrySecretary of State John Kerry says the window for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program is “cracking open,” but that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

Kerry made the comments in a speech today via satellite from London to a foreign policy conference in California by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization in the United States.

Earlier Today, Kerry and European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, held talks on Iran, Syria, Egypt, the Mideast peace process and other matters.

The focus on Iran’s number program comes before the start of negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany that are set for Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva.

“Right now, the window for diplomacy is cracking open. But I want you to know that our eyes are open, too,” Kerry said in his remarks to AIPAC. “While we seek a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear program, words must be matched with actions. In any engagement with Iran, we are mindful of Israel’s security needs. We are mindful of the need for certainty, transparency, and accountability in the process. And I believe firmly that no deal is better than a bad deal.” Read more.

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