The Straits Times
Published on Feb 09, 2013

Kerry urges Iran to be serious about nuclear talks


WASHINGTON (AFP) - New United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday said the window of diplomacy remains open for Iran as it prepares to meet later this month with world powers for new talks on its nuclear programme.

"The choice is really ultimately up to Iran," Mr Kerry told his first press conference since becoming America's top diplomat this week.

"The international community is ready to respond if Iran comes prepared to talk real substance and to address the concerns, which could not be more clear, about their nuclear programme.

"If they don't, then they will choose to leave themselves more isolated.