Kerry Back to Geneva For Iran Talks

Will join top diplomats for latest round of nuclear negotiations

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Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive back in Geneva on Friday to rejoin nuclear talks between diplomats from Iran and six major world powers, the State Department said Friday.

Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that Kerry had spoken with Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top foreign policy diplomat, and the negotiating team on the ground. In a Twitter message, Psaki said Kerry is going “with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement.”

Until the late-afternoon announcement, as other nations at the negotiating table began sending higher-level diplomats to Geneva for the current round of Iran talks, reporters and analysts were wondering whether Kerry would follow suit or continue sticking to his schedule in Washington.

That speculation ramped up mid-afternoon after word got out that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had arrived in Geneva to join the discussions, aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for relief from sanctions that have strangled the Iranian economy.

Just before 5 p.m. on Friday, William Hague, Britain’s foreign minister, tweeted that he would arrive in Geneva on Saturday to join the group: “I will join other E3+3 Foreign Ministers at Geneva #Iran talks tomorrow.” Simultaneously, news broke that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was already on his way to Geneva as well.

6 comments
AjaxLessome
AjaxLessome

While the UN negotiates with Iran over the country's nuclear program, human right is not on the agenda. The UN General Assembly must pass a resolution reiterating its demands that Iran halt violations against its citizenry. 

Iran remains the world’s leading executioner per capita and has put to death some 588 Iranian citizens. Hundreds of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience remain imprisoned for their peaceful dissent, while women and minorities continue to face institutionalized discrimination and in some cases, persecution. Also, severe restrictions on the freedom of conscience, religion, expression, assembly and association remain firmly in place. Such crimes against humanity must not go unheeded.

MikeKelter
MikeKelter

The only good deal we'll get out of these negotiations is if the first bomb that Iran drops lands on John Kerry's head.  A super-sized knock-out game.

madeleine7
madeleine7

Yes, it is 1938 all over again.   The difference is that this time, many more millions of lives are at stake.

francisfarwell
francisfarwell

Can everyone just shut the F up about appeasement, Munich, Chamberlain.

KenKen
KenKen

This appeasement combines the worst of Munich and North Korea. The Mad dog Ayatollah has nothing to lose he stops the centrifuges gets billions of relief and starts them again

The Notion of letting them refine uranium to save face is beyond the pale they are terrorists and make no bones about they say it is their right to be terrorists

SassanK.Darian
SassanK.Darian

Geneva is the Munich of our time. Just as the appeasement of Hitler led to disaster, the appeasement of the modern day Islamofascist Hitler in Khamanei will lead to disaster.