Published: Monday, April 8, 2013

Time running out on Iran nuke talks: Kerry

urges Turkey, Israel to normalise ties

Time running out on  Iran nuke talks: Kerry

The United States’ top diplomat yesterday warned Iran that time is running out on nuclear negotiations between the Islamic republic and world powers after the recent talks have failed to break the deadlock.
“This is not an endless process. … You can’t just talk for the sake of talking,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a news conference in Istanbul.
Two days of talks in Almaty between Iran and world powers have resulted nothing new and no new date was agreed for the resumption of negotiations.
The continuing diplomatic deadlock comes as Israel refuses to rule out a pre-emptive strike targeting atomic facilities in the Islamic republic.
Meanwhile, Kerry yesterday called on Turkey and Israel to fully normalise their ties, two weeks after the Jewish state’s US-brokered apology for a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza aid flotilla organised by a Turkish charity.
“We would like to see this relationship that is important to stability in the Middle East, critical to the peace process itself, we would like to see this relationship back on track in its full measure,” Kerry told a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul.
Israel apologised to Ankara on March 22 for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a botched raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid ship, in a breakthrough engineered by US President Barack Obama during a visit to Jerusalem.
The apology ended a nearly three-year rift between Israel and Turkey — two key US allies in the region — and the two countries are due to begin talks on compensation on Friday.