Tag: John Kerry

Kerry Will Take Tough Approach in China Over South China Sea

Secretary of State John Kerry will leave China in “absolutely no doubt” about Washington’s commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and flight in the South China Sea when he visits Beijing this weekend, a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Setting the scene for what could be contentious encounters with Chinese leaders, including President Xi […]

Kerry in Russia Holds Out Possibility of Easing Sanctions

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday held out the prospect of an easing of sanctions against Moscow, using his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis erupted to stress the importance of the two countries cooperating in the international arena.   At a joint press appearance with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after hours […]

Kerry arrives in Russia to push Putin on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Russian resort of Sochi Tuesday for high stakes talks seeking to push President Vladimir Putin to fully implement a shaky Ukraine ceasefire.   Kerry was to meet Putin in the Black Sea city at “a critical moment” for Ukraine aiming to ensure the “next steps in […]

Kerry, Putin to meet over Ukraine, Syria crises despite ‘confrontational, difficult times’

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss Ukraine and other issues, the United States said on Monday in a statement that made no mention of their deep disagreements. Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest ebb since the end of […]

Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.   The State Department said Kerry would meet Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday […]

Kerry says US remains concerned about Iran’s destabilizing actions in region

Saudi Arabia proposed a five-day humanitarian truce in Yemen on Thursday after weeks of airstrikes and fighting, but said a ceasefire depended on the Houthi militia and its allies also agreeing to lay down arms, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. US Secretary of State John Kerry, addressing a news conference alongside Jubeir in Riyadh, welcomed the proposal and added that neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States was […]

In assuring Israel on Iran, Kerry references upgraded bunker-buster

The US Department of Defense invested $330 million to develop 20 of the bombs and requested an additional $82 million to enhance their efficacy, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2012.   In April the Journal reported that the upgraded bomb was tested in mid-January, when it was dropped from a B-2 bomber that took […]

I don’t believe Israel would hit Iran without consulting us first

Kerry was adamant, nonetheless, that the criticism is misplaced, and that the deal emphatically benefits Israel. “We will not sign a deal that does not close off Iran’s pathways to a bomb and that doesn’t give us the confidence — to all of our experts, in fact to global experts — that we will be able […]

Kerry becomes first Secretary of State to visit Somalia

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat Al Qaeda-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country.  He is first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia.   Kerry arrived at Mogadishu’s airport around noon local time […]

Kerry slams ‘hysteria’ over Iran deal, vows ‘forever’ inspections of nuke sites

United States Secretary of State John Kerry appealed directly to the Israeli public on Saturday evening, telling Channel 10 that the Obama administration would abide by its pledge to deny Iran a nuclear weapon. “I say this again – we will not sign a deal that does not close off Iran’s pathways to a bomb […]