U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attend a press conference before their bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Feb. 14, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged Iran to make "real offers" and engage in a "real dialogue" in the upcoming nuclear talks with world powers, saying this is the only way to make progress.
"I want to reiterate that these talks can only make progress if the Iranians come to the table determined to make and discuss real offers and engage in a real dialogue," Kerry said in a press conference alongside visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before their meeting.
"Countries that have peaceful programs do not have problems proving to people that they are peaceful," the newly-installed U.S. chief diplomat stressed. "So we are not going to get trapped into a delay-after-delay process here."
As Iran agreed to start fresh talks with the so-called P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- on Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan, the Obama administration has time and again urged its arch-rival to engage in "substantive" negotiations over its disputed nuclear program in return for eased sanctions.
"I think it is incumbent on the Iranians to prove that they are prepared to meet our willingness, President Obama's willingness, again and again stated by the President, to be open to a diplomatic resolution here," Kerry noted.
Iran and the West are locked in a bitter dispute over the former's nuclear activities, with the latter accusing Tehran of developing nuclear weapon under a civilian cover, a charge Iran has consistently denied.
Iran has insisted that its rights to peaceful nuclear activities, and above all the right to uranium enrichment, be recognized by the IAEA and world powers.
VIENNA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog again failed to make a deal with Tehran on a so-called "structured framework" to resolve the outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told reporters Thursday at the Vienna international airport that they were not granted to visit the Parchin military base southeast of Tehran as well. Full story
TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that dialogue is a better way to solve the nuclear issue his country has with the West than confrontation, official IRNA news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad told reporters after a cabinet meeting that Iran is currently a nuclear country and it is impossible that the Islamic republic would retreat from its nuclear path. Full story