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John Kerry says in Vienna today what he said in Switzerland three months ago.


A senior U.S. official, code for the State Dept., put the press on red alert around 17:00 (10 a.m. EDT) with a statement that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to make an announcement half an hour later from Vienna, where he and the other P5+1 powers are trying to hammer out an agreement with Iran on is nuclear program.


More than 20 minutes past the announced time, with journalists waiting with bated breath in Vienna, where temperatures are nearly 100 degrees, Kerry made this breathtaking statement:

Progress has been made. No, an agreement is not yet there. We are not there yet. We have difficult issues still to resolve.

Tweets direct from Vienna added more of the same old clichés:

Prepared to walk away if they can’t get a deal that satisfies.

Pushing for deal by July 7 deadline

We are not yet where we need to be….this negotiation could go either way

We want a good agreement…We’re not going to shave, anywhere, at the margins, just to get an agreement.

We are closer than we have ever been.

We’re not going to negotiate in the press.

Right now we’re aiming to finish this in the time frame we’ve set out.

I think there’s a lot of speculation. It’s now time to see whether we are able to close the agreement.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. Kerry: “No agreement yet, but I am determined to continue to negotiate until we give the Iranians everything they want. I want to dispell rumours that the president is prepared to offer his firstborn child if necessary. This is completely false and outrageous: only the president’s second born is in play. I myself offered Mrs. Heinz-Kerry, but the Iranians vowed to walk if I so much as suggested that idea again.”

  2. Boy.. would I like Sec. Kerry and the rest of the US negotiating team
    to deal with my next car purchase. They most likely would get me a new car and have the dealer pay me the list price of the vehicle over three years! Our "team" should be called "Fools are us". Sad but very very true!

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