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Kerry Talks of Iran, Syria at World Economic Forum

Kerry Talks of Iran, Syria at World Economic Forumi
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January 24, 2014 5:18 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the World Economic Forum in Switzerland Friday. Some 30 heads of state, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, are among 2,500 participants attending the annual meeting in Switzerland. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Kerry Talks of Iran, Syria at World Economic Forum
Zlatica Hoke
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Friday. Some 30 heads of state, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, are among 2,500 participants attending the annual meeting of world leaders. Iran, Syria and the global economy top the agenda this year.  Zlatica Hoke reports.
 
Kerry arrived in Davos on Thursday after a peace conference on Syria in Montreux, Switzerland. In an interview with Al-Arabiya, he rebuked Iran for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 
"Iran understands that the Geneva 1 communiqué calls for a transition government with full executive authority by mutual consent. Iran could have come to Geneva but they refused to embrace that standard," said Kerry.
 
Kerry's remarks came hours after the Iranian president sought to attract foreign investors for his sanctions-hit country. Rouhani said his government has made major steps to improve relations with the West.
 
"Engagement between Iran and the United States also entered a new phase during the past month, and for the first time politicians from both countries have negotiated, exchanged views and have made decisions to resolve differences in relation to the nuclear issue. This is a major development since Iran's Islamic Revolution," said Rouhani.
 
Rouhani also said that Iran has the right to build nuclear power, which he said was strictly for peaceful purposes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly questioned Iran's claims.
 
"They say they oppose nuclear weapons. Why do they insist on maintaining the ballistic missiles and the plutonium and the advanced centrifuges that are only used for the production of nuclear weapons? So, it sounds good, I wish it was real. It isn't real. I think the world has a mission to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, or from manufacturing nuclear weapons," said Netanyahu.
 
Israel is pushing for more sanctions against Tehran, a move that Washington has halted for the time being.
 
Kerry offered assurances to U.S. allies in the region that the United States will never allow Iran to build nuclear weapons.
 
“'They have to have inspections every day of [Iran's nuclear facility] Fordow.  They have to have inspections every day in Natanz. We didn't have that before we made this agreement. Now yes, okay, if they broke out and decided they're going to throw this agreement away and go start enrichment again, sure they can turn around. But guess what? If they do that, then the military option that is available to the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do," said Kerry.
 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also defended the U.S. decision on Iran.
 
"Each year the impact of the sanctions that go into effect is far greater than the one-time relief that was in the joint plan. And I've been very clear with businesses, both in the United States and internationally, that they should be very clear-headed as they think about going and doing business in Iran now because the sanctions regime has not been removed," said Lew.
 
Lew also pointed out that the oil and financial sanctions on Tehran should remain in place and that Washington will continue to enforce and monitor them for any violations.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
January 24, 2014 11:13 AM
Kerry can go tell that to the birds. Right now, the ball is not in the US and allies court - sorry if that realization is too sudden for you. Economically US is not in command after the shutdown and debt limit ceiling. Obama has been looking for ways to hide behind all that to return to his islamic offshoot. With Russia and China strongly backing Bashar al Assad, the US has little to offer the rebels - don't even understand the US fraternizing with terrorists, even though it's been muted that they all benefit from US software training. Now or soon China is going to be world's heaviest consumer of crude oil, and Iran happens to be within its range or axis. The US had Iran where they wanted it before the mistaken deal, now it is off the hook and there is just nothing you can do to return to the status quo. What the US earned itself currently is a disappointment of its closest allies in the Middle East - Israel and Saudi Arabia, with Israel receiving the most crunchy part, hence Saudi Arabia already has some leverage with Russia and China.

You blame Iran for being steadfast in standing up for its ally Syria. It should rather be a lesson for you in how not to throw away your allies like the greedy dog that lost its fat bone for shadow of it. Soon we are going to find out that USA is nothing but a dog in the manger. It's going to be another red line disappointment when the US fails to earn Iran and loses it old friends. Unless the US is once again going to swallow its pride, redraw the deal demands on Iran, and allow Iran set the goals what they want or not for a relationship with USA to be established. It's like someone will go on the knees begging!

by: Ariely Shein from: jerusalem
January 24, 2014 1:49 AM
Islamist Iran is putting the west asleep with sweet empty words>
The way of the Iran Islamist in paved with smiles, soft word however without any change in Islamist Iran either dogma or actions.
And the Obama "the change administration" sleeps.
Remember: Islamist Iran current president has fooled EU with talks buying time to advance the NUK program.
Islamist Iran is getting huge economic benefits for smiles without giving away anything>
Why Obama administration is giving away the effective economic sanctions that start impacting the Islamist Iran economy and eroding peoples support to the cleric dictatorship?
Islamist Iran has not changed their constitution that declares that all types of government will disappeared and the Islamist Iran shia type will be the only one worldwide.
Islamist Iran can take actions within one day to show the world that they are one a new platform.
*Disassemble centrifuges
*Transfer all the NUK enriched materials to an international organization
*Stop building underground facilities and rockets covering the area up London.
Islamist Iran doesn't need all the above for peaceful Nuke research.

Government Policy may change unexpected and in a short time.
However infrastructure to build NUKS takes a long period.
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Obama administration supported many anti western movements such as the Muslim brotherhood and Turkey Erdugan Islamist dictatorship in making>
*Obama talks, Russia scores and Islamists are advancing from Pakistan- Iraq-Syria-Lebanon-Libya-Egypt- Nigeria-Somalia and many others>
*Europe is scared by the Islamists homemade and volunteers fighting all over the Islamist fronts>
*US allies don’t trust US anymore and are looking to change their alliances >
*The final legacy of Obama ME enigma policy will be the Islamist Iran NUK capability and terror flourishing backed by NUK backup.
Obama administration will be remembered for generations to come as the change for the worst government.

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