John Kerry warns that US may pull out of Iran nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State says there are still significant gaps, there is still a distance to travel in Iranian nuclear talks

Baku. 22 February. REPORT.AZ/ The U.S. Secretary of State said Saturday that the U.S. has no intention to extend the deadline of the nuclear talks, which is currently set for March 31 2015, and is ready to pull out of the negotiations table.

John Kerry told a press conference on Saturday at the U.S. embassy in London that "there are still significant gaps, there is still a distance to travel," and that the United States may pull out of the talks because of "substantial differences of opinion."

"President Barack Obama has no inclination whatsoever to extend these talks beyond the period that has been set out," Kerry said, adding that Obama "is fully prepared to stop these talks if he feels that they are not being met with the kind of productive decision-making necessary to prove that a program is in fact peaceful."

Kerry said that there was no "divergence whatsoever in what we believe is necessary for Iran to prove that its nuclear program is going to be peaceful."

An Iranian official on Friday said that Iran is pursuing changes to accelerate nuclear negotiations, where topics are handled in details.

"We are pursuing changes in the procedures of the negotiations to accelerate the nuclear talks," said Abbas Araghchi, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, according to Iranian television.

Kerry will fly from London on Sunday to Geneva to meet the meet the Iranian delegation including Iran’s Atomic Energy Authority President Ali Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani's brother, Hossein Fereydoun.

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