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US to 'evaluate' next steps in Mideast peace process

Published on Apr 4, 2014 7:30 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Washington said on Friday it was reviewing its push for a Middle East peace agreement as a spiral of tit-for tat moves by Israel and the Palestinians brought hard-won talks close to collapse.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has invested more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy in the talks process, said there were "limits" to the time Washington could devote to it.

"This is not open-ended," Mr Kerry said on a visit to Morocco, adding that it was "reality check" time and he would evaluate with President Barack Obama what Washington does next.

"There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps," he said.

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