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Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation


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U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran toward nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

Kerry, who negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, was speaking a week after Trump refused to certify that Tehran was in compliance, amid growing tensions with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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Iraqi VP blames US for ‘bloodshed in Iraq, Syria, Yemen'


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After the US Secretary of State blamed Iraqi Vice President for his sectarian tendencies, the VP on Wednesday accused the United States of creating Islamic State (IS). 

Nuri al-Maliki, the Vice President of Iraq, told reporters that “The outgoing Obama administration is responsible for the creation and rise of Da’esh [an Arabic acronym for IS] terrorist organization and the bloodshed in Iraq, Syria and even in Yemen.”

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John Kerry Tells CNN Donald Trump Criticism Of Angela Merkel 'Inappropriate'


Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that President-elect Donald Trump had been wrong to criticise "courageous" German leader Angela Merkel, calling his remarks "inappropriate".

Stopping over in London on the closing stages of his final diplomatic tour just four days before Trump is due to take office, Kerry gave an interview to CNN International.

Asked about the furore surrounding an interview by Trump with Britain's The Times and Germany's Bild, Kerry defended the European Union, Merkel and Germany's refugee policy.

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US Worked To Ensure Fair Paris Mideast Statement: John Kerry


Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States had negotiated at the Paris Middle East peace conference to prevent Israel being treated unfairly.

Kerry thanked France for hosting the international conference and welcomed its final statement in favour of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But he said the positive conclusion was arrived at only after US diplomats insisted on strong language condemning Palestinian incitement and attacks on Israelis.

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Tension, High Hopes Ahead of Paris Middle East Summit


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In one of his last missions as U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry will join world leaders from 70 other countries at a January 15 conference in Paris, attempting to salvage a two-state solution that many analysts believe is beyond saving. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians will attend, but there are reports the Palestinians may present a new peace plan on the sidelines.

In a similar conference in Paris last June, officials divided into working groups to explore ways to lure the parties back to peace talks. They will present their findings at next week’s meeting.

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Kerry Hopes Trump Can Fix Relations With Russia.


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Relations between Russia and the United States suffered another blow in late December, when the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closing of two Russian diplomatic compounds as well as new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow's alleged interference in the November US presidential election and harassment of US diplomats.

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John Kerry Says He, Barack Obama Warned Russia Over Hacking


US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that both he and President Barack Obama personally complained to Russian leaders about efforts to interfere with the American election.

Asked why the White House had not accused the Kremlin of hacking US political targets before the November vote, Kerry said it had not wanted to be accused of influencing the result.

Obama said last month he had confronted President Vladimir Putin over the hacking allegations when they met ahead of the US election, telling him to "cut it out" and promising a firm response.

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US Asks India And Pakistan To Work 'Bilaterally' On Indus Waters Treaty


US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Pakistani Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar over the phone regarding the Indus Waters Treaty issue and encouraged both South Asian neighbours Pakistan and India to work together to resolve their differences.

"I can confirm that he (John Kerry) did speak on the 29th of December with (Pakistani) Finance Minister Dar. I am not going to read that out in any great detail," State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.

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Israeli PM Calls John Kerry Speech A 'Deep Disappointment'


Israel's prime minister decried Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast policy speech as a "deep disappointment" on Wednesday and vowed to work with the incoming Trump administration to contain the fallout from last week's U.N. resolution calling Israeli settlements illegal.

Netanyahu's angry statement, delivered at a late-night news conference shortly after Kerry's address, capped a tumultuous week in which years of tense relations with President Barack Obama boiled over.

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2 States Only Way To Secure Israeli-Palestinian Peace: John Kerry


 US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Wednesday the only way to secure a lasting peace between Israel and Palestinians is to negotiate a two-state solution to their conflict.

Explaining the US decision last week not to veto a UN Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlement building, Kerry said: "The vote in the UN was about preserving the two-state solution.

"That's what we were standing up for: Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state, living side by side in peace and security with its neighbors," he said.

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