Kerry urges Iran to address nuclear concerns

John Kerry, the newly-appointed US secretary of state, has described recent developments in Iran's nuclear programme as disturbing

Kerry urges Iran to address nuclear concerns

World Bulletin/News Desk

Major powers are ready to respond if Iran comes to Feb. 26 nuclear talks ready to address questions about its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

The powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - are scheduled to meet Iranian negotiators in Almaty, Kazakhstan, later this month to see if there is a way to address Western concerns about Iran's nuclear program.

"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 program," Kerry said in an opening statement at a news conference with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

Kerry, who replaced Hillary Clinton as secretary of state on Feb. 1, voiced concern about Iran's recent announcement of plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines, a technological leap that would allow it to significantly speed up activity the West fears could be put to developing a nuclear weapon.

"It's disturbing," Kerry said. "And so my plea to the Iranians - or my statement - is a clear statement. We are prepared to let diplomacy be the victor in this confrontation over their nuclear program." 

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