Kerry: Time for Iran Nuke Talks Is 'Finite'

UN watchdog prevented from entering Iran military site

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 4, 2013 7:31 AM CST | Updated Mar 4, 2013 7:42 AM CST

(Newser) – Talks with Iran on its nuclear program can't simply drag on forever, John Kerry and the Saudi foreign minister are warning. "There is a finite amount of time," Kerry said during a Riyadh press conference on his first overseas trip as secretary of state. Diplomacy, he said, is "the first choice ... but the window for a diplomatic solution simply cannot by definition remain open indefinitely." Added Prince Saud al-Faisal, per Reuters: "We can't be like philosophers who keep talking."

Kerry also condemned Russia and Iran on Syria, saying the countries were still shipping arms to government forces, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, the UN says Iran isn't cooperating with international nuclear watchdogs, and hasn't provided access to the Parchin complex, a possible rocket-testing site. "The Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities," says the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, per CNN.

ohn Kerry speaks during a news conference with Prince Saud al-Faisal, not pictured, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Monday, March 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
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