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Iran nuclear talks: Will they veer off course?

Meeting in Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton underscore their preference for a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear program.

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Secretary of State John Kerry makes remarks to the media as EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton listens before their bilateral meeting at the State Deptartment in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

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With world powers set to resume what have been off-and-on talks with Iran on its nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton underscored their preference for a diplomatic solution when they met in Washington Thursday.

But Secretary Kerry also put Tehran on notice earlier in the day that the United States will not accept the restarted diplomatic effort if Iran makes it into more talks for talk’s sake.

“We are not going to get trapped into a delay-after-delay process here,” Kerry said as he greeted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the State Department Thursday morning. Referring to the international talks set for Feb. 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Kerry said it will be “incumbent on the Iranians to prove that they are prepared to meet our willingness, President Obama’s willingness ... to be open to a diplomatic resolution.”

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