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July 15, 2014 - 9:18 am

Just five days away from the deadline for a final nuclear agreement with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said “very real gaps” remain between P5+1 and Iranian negotiators in Vienna.

“Despite the difficulties of these negotiations, I am confident that the United States and our partners in the P5+1 remain as squarely focused as ever on testing whether or not we can find a negotiated solution to this most pressing international security imperative,” Kerry told reporters today.

He said he’d had “lengthy conversations” with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif over the past few days “about what Iran is willing to do and what it needs to do to not only assure the community of nations, but to adhere to what the foreign minister himself has said repeatedly are Iran’s own limited objectives: not just to declare that they will not obtain a nuclear weapon, but to demonstrate in the actions they take beyond any reasonable doubt that any Iranian nuclear program, now and going forward, is exclusively for peaceful purposes.”

“In these conversations, and indeed over the last almost six months since the Joint Plan of Action took effect, we have made progress. We have all kept the commitments made in the Joint Plan, and we have all lived up to our obligations. We have all continued to negotiate in good faith. But after my conversations here with both Iran and with our P5+1 partners in particular, it is clear that we still have more work to do,” Kerry said.

“Our team will continue working very hard to try to reach a comprehensive agreement that resolves the international community’s concerns. I am returning to Washington today to consult with President Obama and with leaders in Congress over the coming days about the prospects for a comprehensive agreement, as well as a path forward if we do not achieve one by the 20th of July, including the question of whether or not more time is warranted, based on the progress we’ve made and how things are going. As I have said, and I repeat, there has been tangible progress on key issues, and we had extensive conversations in which we moved on certain things. However, there are also very real gaps on other key issues. And what we are trying to do is find a way for Iran to have an exclusively peaceful nuclear program, while giving the world all the assurances required to know that Iran is not seeking a nuclear weapon.”

Members of Congress, including Democrats, have been wary from the beginning of this process of the Obama administration setting the July 20 deadline but secretly expecting that they could extend that indefinitely — while Iran continues to develop its nuclear program.

Kerry insisted that the goal is “realistic,” but “we have not yet found the right combination or arrived at the workable formula.”

Zarif told the New York Times that Iran is willing to accept short-term concessions for longer-term freedom with its nuclear program.

“I am definitively not going to negotiate in public,” Kerry said in response to the story. “I’m not going to comment on any stories with respect to substance one way or the other. The real negotiation is not going to be done in the public eye; it’s going to be done in the private meetings that we’re having, and it is being done there. And I might add these are tough negotiations. The Iranians are strong in their positions. They understand what their needs are, we understand what ours are. Both are working in good faith to try to find a way forward.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Who has the decoder ring that tells you when a Muslim Mullah led negotiation is being conducted in good faith and when they are engaged in sanctioned taqqiya with an infidel they hate and disrespect and vow to destroy?

John Kerry advancing the good faith intentions of sworn enemies while selling out America has a long history.

The Mullah end game remains the same. The Marxist end game remains the same.

Where those two plots converge is where we find ourselves today. At 12:01 am on July 21, I would pull the plug on the secret deal that we weren't allowed to see.

Any new deal has to be visible and include severe sanctions for breach. Otherwise, no deal and any underhanded Jarrett/Malley back door deal should come with maximum criminal charges.
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Kerry said “very real gaps” remain between P5+1 and Iranian negotiators in Vienna.

Translation." We are trying to determine if our manufactured border crisis has been sufficient to distract the ADHD MSM from the fact that we are going to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Later we can act surprised when they nuke Israel.....". "Hehe stupid jews.....what? Oh the mic is still on?"
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So Iran promised that they will not pursue nuclear weapons but will pursue development of peaceful uses of nuclear power. They also promise continue discussions about these first two promises. Good Grief. What a waste of time. I hope Israel is ready to defend itself from nuclear attack.
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Kerry is either a fool or a knave. My money is on knave.
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They're just pretending, going through the motions. They are non-players and have lost the initiative and have no idea how to get it back. They're singing the lame duck blues. Our allies are confused, dismayed, and embarrassed. Our enemies are emboldened and contemptuous. Kerry is a joke. We will be very fortunate if Obama doesn't get us all killed.
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Since Lurch is a fool he doesn't realize he's on a fool's errand. I doubt he'll ever figure it out. I'm sure he's hoping Israel will suddenly capitulate and let the 'Palestinians' have everything they want - then his dream of a peace-maker will come to fruition.

What a fool - wandering in the wilderness of an unfertile mind. Kind of like being in the desert and thinking its a lush garden. Only the stupid don't know they are stupid.

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We Americans have reached the nadir in politics when a majority of our voters twice elect the likes of the chameleon Obama who appoints and witnesses actually being confirmed the smirkingly ambitious Eric Holder, and not least, the social climbing J.Kerry with his tax evading yacht. And, then, that catch-up [!] Kerry, after the scheming Hilary who now is so sweetly coy about being Obama's successor.

We're, as a Nation, in one helluva mess. Read that again.

Terrible precedents have been, and are being set which will be built upon by an electorate nurtured by "entitlements", with more eagerly pouring across our border with Mexico on a daily basis. Encouraged by the vote seeking of both parties, face it: both parties.

This will in time ensure our collapse as the Nation as the smaller and smaller lingering number of us remember today with wonder.

We mustn't smirk at that timeless observation of Margaret Thatcher's, "What happens when we run out of other peoples' money?", or words to that effect.

There's going to be a rush "....to git mine, Now!, a'fore its too late".
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We Americans have reached the nadir in politics when a majority of our voters twice elect the likes of the chameleon Obama who appoints and witnesses actually being confirmed the smirkingly ambitious Eric Holder, and not least, the social climbing J.Kerry with his tax evading yacht. And, then, that catch-up [!] Kerry, after the scheming Hilary who now is so sweetly coy about being Obama's successor.

We're, as a Nation, in one helluva mess. Read that again.

Terrible precedents have been, and are being set which will be built upon by an electorate nurtured by "entitlements", with more eagerly pouring across our border with Mexico on a daily basis. Encouraged by the vote seeking of both parties, face it: both parties.

This will in time ensure our collapse as the Nation as the smaller and smaller lingering number of us remember today with wonder.

We mustn't smirk at that timeless observation of Margaret Thatcher's, "What happens when we run out of other peoples' money?", or words to that effect.

There's going to be a rush "....to git mine, Now!" a'fore its too late".
9 weeks ago
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Who has the decoder ring that tells you when a Muslim Mullah led negotiation is being conducted in good faith and when they are engaged in sanctioned taqqiya with an infidel they hate and disrespect and vow to destroy?

John Kerry advancing the good faith intentions of sworn enemies while selling out America has a long history.

The Mullah end game remains the same. The Marxist end game remains the same.

Where those two plots converge is where we find ourselves today. At 12:01 am on July 21, I would pull the plug on the secret deal that we weren't allowed to see.

Any new deal has to be visible and include severe sanctions for breach. Otherwise, no deal and any underhanded Jarrett/Malley back door deal should come with maximum criminal charges.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Who has the decoder ring that tells you when a Muslim Mullah led negotiation is being conducted in good faith and when they are engaged in sanctioned taqqiya with an infidel they hate and disrespect and vow to destroy?

John Kerry advancing the good faith intentions of sworn enemies while selling out America has a long history.

The Mullah end game remains the same. The Marxist end game remains the same.

Where those two plots converge is where we find ourselves today. At 12:01 am on July 21, I would pull the plug on the secret deal that we weren't allowed to see.

Any new deal has to be visible and include severe sanctions for breach. Otherwise, no deal and any underhanded Jarrett/Malley back door deal should come with maximum criminal charges.
9 weeks ago
9 weeks ago Link To Comment
Who has the decoder ring that tells you when a Muslim Mullah led negotiation is being conducted in good faith and when they are engaged in sanctioned taqqiya with an infidel they hate and disrespect and vow to destroy?

John Kerry advancing the good faith intentions of sworn enemies while selling out America has a long history.

The Mullah end game remains the same. The Marxist end game remains the same.

Where those two plots converge is where we find ourselves today. At 12:01 am on July 21, I would pull the plug on the secret deal that we weren't allowed to see.

Any new deal has to be visible and include severe sanctions for breach. Otherwise, no deal and any underhanded Jarrett/Malley back door deal should come with maximum criminal charges.
9 weeks ago
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