SHARM EL-SHEIKH — US Secretary of State John Kerry on yesterday delivered a highly cautious assessment ahead of the next round of nuclear talks with Iran, citing “important gaps” in the way of a deal before an end of March deadline. At a news conference in Egypt, where he attended an economic conference, Kerry also said a US decision would come shortly on unblocking hundreds of millions in suspended military assistance for the Egyptian government. Three days before Israel’s election, America’s top diplomat expressed hope that any government voted into power “meets the hopes for peace” in the Middle East. But on the Obama administration’s No. 1 foreign policy priority, talks with Iran to curb its nuclear program, Kerry was circumspect. He said only a negotiated agreement could provide long-term assurance that Tehran would not develop nuclear weapons. But with a deadline just two weeks away, he could not say whether the United States and other world powers would be able to reach a framework accord with the Iranians or even were close. “We have made some progress but there are still gaps, important gaps, and important choices that need to be made by Iran in order to move forward,”… Read full this story
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