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Kerry: Iran Should Have No Trouble Proving Nuclear Program is Peaceful

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (r), and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, at joint news conference in Washingtom, Feb 14, 2013.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (r), and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, at joint news conference in Washingtom, Feb 14, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (r), and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, at joint news conference in Washingtom, Feb 14, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (r), and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, at joint news conference in Washingtom, Feb 14, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says if Iran's nuclear program is peaceful, it should have no trouble proving it.

Kerry told reporters Thursday that nuclear talks with Iran later this month can make progress only if Iran is determined to make "real offers and engage in a real dialogue."

He said it is incumbent on Iran to prove it is open to a diplomatic resolution.

Kerry spoke in Washington ahead of his first official meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The United States and many of its allies suspect Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb.  Iran insists its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful civilian purposes.

Chief U.N. nuclear inspector Herman Nackaerts ended a visit to Iran Thursday with no agreement for new inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities.  He gave no details of his talks.

Also Thursday, The Washington Post newspaper reported Iran recently tried to buy tens of thousands of highly specialized magnets for its centrifuges from China.  Those ring-shaped magnets are banned for export to Iran by U.N. resolutions.  It is unclear if Iran actually got its hands on the magnets.

A European diplomat with access to sensitive intelligence told the Post, on condition of anonymity, that the Iranians "are positioning themselves to make a lot of nuclear progress quickly."

Iran's nuclear chief announced Wednesday that the country was adding thousands of more-advanced, second-generation centrifuges at its nuclear facilities. The upgrade would allow Iran to significantly increase its production of enriched uranium.

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by: mike from: new york
February 21, 2013 2:27 PM
Kerry is right.if it was peaceful nuklear program so regim iran must prove it and stop 34 years lying.


by: JohnWV from: USA
February 15, 2013 6:18 AM
NO MORE WARS! The Jewish state has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. An Iran with nukes would disrupt the Jewish state's brutish pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and apartheid empire. Mutually assured destruction might actually make Mideast peace possible. NO MORE WARS!

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by: dirg from: USA
February 16, 2013 8:53 AM
Iraq had no nuclear weapons and even with inspectors roaming the country - Iraq could not prove that their program was peaceful....resulting in a war that cost billions, killed thousands...and the US eventually lost. So what a joke that we say it's easy to show the world the program is peaceful.

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