Kerry cites 'gaps' in Iranian nuclear impasse

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday from Geneva there were "important gaps" left to be closed regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Kerry arrived Friday in Geneva at the invitation of Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top foreign policy official. Ashton is in Geneva to take part in nuclear negotiations between Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, the so-called P5+1.


Kerry said in a statement there were many issues left to be resolved before any agreements are reached with Iran.

"We hope to try to narrow those differences, but I don't think anybody should mistake that there are some important gaps that have to be closed," he said.

Iran says it wants to protect its right to enrich uranium, something the country's adversaries say is a sign Tehran may be pursuing a nuclear weapon.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said there may be a military dimension to Iran's nuclear program, an allegation the Iranian government denies. Inspectors with the IAEA are expected to arrive in Tehran on Monday.

Kerry discussed the nuclear impasse earlier this week with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The prime minister was quoted by the BBC Friday as saying he was frustrated with the Iranian negotiations.


"I understand that the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva -- as well they should be, because they got everything and paid nothing," he said.

Negotiations in Geneva began Thursday.

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