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Kerry voices support for diplomacy with Iran
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TEHRAN – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the United States will not tolerate a nuclear Iran, but stressed that it must first exhaust all other options before considering military action, Haaretz reported.     

“Those who say strike and hit need to check what might happen after we do that,” Kerry said at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington. “Only strong diplomacy can justify more forceful options if we will have to use them.”

He said that the U.S. approach toward Iran is not “trust and verify,” but “verify and verify.”

If the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers will fail, the Obama administration will support imposing further sanctions on the Islamic Republic, he added.

He also said, “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

Commenting on Kerry’s remarks, Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and a chief negotiator, said that the Islamic Republic is opposed to nuclear weapons, adding that Tehran has no intention to develop the capability to build nuclear weapons.


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