Kerry says new sanctions on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program could send a message to the Iranian people that there is no gain for them in the 2015 nuclear deal. The landmark agreement eased economic sanctions in return for a freeze on Iranian nuclear development.
Kerry said he was “confident the next administration will continue to adhere to the same good faith with the policies that I just articulated.”
“Long live French fries! Long live France! Long live the USA!” Kerry said in French.
Accepting the award, an emotional Kerry recalled visiting Normandy D-Day beaches as a child with his French mother, and watching her cry.
According to American media, Kerry’s motorcade was stuck in the traffic jams along with many local vehicles following heavy downpour in the national capital.
This is John Kerry’s first visit as Secretary of State to Georgia and comes ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw on July 8.
The USA and China today kicked off their annual strategic dialogue amid deepening divisions over the disputed South China Sea.
Kerry says the US doesn’t take sides on competing claims. He says no country should move unilaterally to militarize the resource-rich region.
Suu Kyi, who has faced criticism internationally for not speaking up for the Rohingya, pledged to work towards a situation where the communities “live peacefully and securely outside the camps”.
Kerry was also scheduled to meet Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, deputy crown prince and foreign minister.
The Syrian government said on Friday it was introducing a temporary “regime of calm”, or lull in fighting, in an area around Damascus and Latakia province.
Kerry had made clear the United States wanted Russia to apply pressure to the Assad government to get it to stop “indiscriminate aerial attacks” in Aleppo, a spokesperson said.
Iran, as well as foreign banks and governments, have been clamoring for clarity, but it was not clear that Kerry’s remarks would provide it.
The two ministers met Kerry on Friday night, hours after the historic signing ceremony by 175 nations of the Paris climate change agreement in the United Nations headquarters.
A bomb blast ripped through a bus and sparked a fire, in Jerusalem on Monday wounding at least 21 people.