WASHINGTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sees the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as "a holding period", which requires both sides to figure out their next moves, the State Department said Friday.
"His view is this is a moment of transition and part of the process. We're in a holding period where parties need to figure out what is next," spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said at a regular news briefing.
"There could be a point where we needed to pause and both sides needed to look at what was possible and we're clearly at that point now," she added.
The United States is trying its best to extend the negotiations that were restarted in late July last year and supposed to end by April 29 with an agreement on all the core issues including security, border, the status of Jerusalem and refugees.
The talks came to a deadlock after Israel refused to release by late March last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners as agreed, and the Palestinians responded by renewing their efforts to apply for joining 15 UN agencies and conventions, and lately by relaunching reconciliation efforts between rival factions of Fatah and Hamas.
Psaki said the U.S. team led by special envoy Martin Indyk is still in the region, and Kerry still does not feel the peace process is "mission impossible."
Kerry on Thursday called for the parties to make compromises so as to advance the stalled peace talks.