Tag: John Kerry

John Kerry Visits Moscow to Prepare for Talks on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry pressed ahead on Tuesday in the effort to organize a new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war that could also align the United States and Russia more closely in strategies for fighting the Islamic State.   After an extended trip to Paris for climate talks, Mr. […]

Climate expert: Obama’s deal a ‘scam from top to bottom’

As world leaders hail a climate-change agreement they say will preserve the planet for future generations, one of the leading critics of the movement behind the deal says the plan is simply a massive transfer of wealth that will have no impact on the climate and is calling attention to warming when the earth is […]

COP21: How one word nearly killed the climate deal

The proposed accord was just hours from a final vote when the glitch was spotted. Someone had changed a single word in the draft text — from a “should” to a “shall” — and suddenly the entire climate deal appeared at risk of faltering.   Secretary of State John F. Kerry phoned his old friend, […]

The US and Iran still have totally opposite objectives in Syria

“Yes, there is a strategy,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said of US policy in Syria in his December 5th address at the Brookings Institution.   The US strategy, he explained, has three components: “Mobilising a coalition to defeat Daesh” — the Islamic State; to “work diplomati­cally” with Iran, among other countries, “to bring […]

John Kerry arrives in Moscow for Syria talks

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has arrived in Moscow for talks aimed at making “real progress” in narrowing differences with Vladimir Putin over how to end the conflict in Syria.   Kerry is seeking to prepare the ground for a third round of talks of world powers on Syria but it was not […]

Kerry: Building settlements and demolishing Palestinians’ homes not a soluti…

Kerry is particularly concerned about the possibility of the Palestinian Authority collapsing. In such a scenario, 30,000 Palestinian policemen would become unemployed, and the chaos would likely lead to even more violent confrontations with Israel.   “I understand the passions that are behind all of this—I get it,” Kerry said. “If it were easy, it […]

Kerry: ‘We Know Who’s Coming Into Our Country for the Most Part’

“We have plenty of ways to vet people. We already do it,” Secretary of State John Kerry told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.   “We have a huge process of examining people for visas. We know who’s coming into our country for the most part.”   But the vetting does not include what people […]

Kerry says Paris agreement crafted to avoid Congress

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday the climate agreement reached this week in Paris did not contain any enforcement provisions because Congress would not have approved them.   “It doesn’t have mandatory targets for reduction and it doesn’t have an enforcement, compliance mechanism,” Kerry said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”   Kerry […]

Obama optimism over climate pact tempered by GOP opposition

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the climate change agreement passed by world leaders as a major achievement that could curb global warming, but they got a quick reminder that Republicans will fight it.   Obama said the climate agreement made Saturday night by almost 200 nations ‘‘can be a turning point […]

Kerry angers Israel with talk of binational state

Secretary of State John Kerry caused consternation in Israel when he said the nation threatens to implode if a two-state solution is not reached with Palestinians, drawing the ire of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Israel will not be a binational state,” Netanyahu said emphatically at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, according […]