Kerry: Time running short for Iran nuke agreement
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Kerry: Time running short for Iran nuke agreement

US secretary of state says there is a divide between what world powers want and what Tehran will agree to do

John Kerry speaking on June 19. (photo credit: US State Department)
John Kerry speaking on June 19. (photo credit: US State Department)

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State John Kerry said time is running out for Iran to negotiate a comprehensive agreement on its nuclear program.

In a Washington Post opinion piece late Monday, Kerry said the July 20 deadline is fast approaching and that Tehran’s leaders face a choice: “They can agree to the steps necessary to assure the world that their country’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful … or they can squander a historic opportunity to end Iran economic and diplomatic isolation and improve the lives of their people.”

Kerry said substantial gaps still exist between what Iran’s negotiators say they are willing to do and what they must do.

He said a deal is still possible, but Iran must show a genuine willingness to respond to the international community’s legitimate concerns.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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