John Kerry

We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which John Kerry is associated, including United States, Russians, and peace. Most recently, John Kerry has been quoted saying: “The president of the United States deployed some additional missile defense capacity precisely because of the threat of North Korea. And it is logical that if the threat of North Korea disappears because the peninsula denuclearizes, then obviously that threat no longer mandates that kind of posture.” in the article U.S. Soon Increase Pressure on China to Constrain North Korea. An other article where John Kerry has been quoted is Iran to Trump: nuclear deal is bilateral and it's not up to you.

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The president of the United States deployed some additional missile defense capacity precisely because of the threat of North Korea. And it is logical that if the threat of North Korea disappears because the peninsula denuclearizes, then obviously that threat no longer mandates that kind of posture.

And Iran and the rest of world would keep it and we will have made ourselves the odd-person out. We'll have injured our own credibility in conceivably an irreparable way.

He will have to speak to that, as of Friday he is responsible for that relationship.

I think she was extremely courageous. I don't think it amounts to that characterization.

I think we have to be very careful about suggesting that one's strongest leaders in Europe, and most important players with respect to where we are heading, made one mistake or another. I don't think it's appropriate for us to be commenting on that.

It has had some problems, but everybody has had some problems with this challenge of how to respond as a big nation, a great nation, as the West, where our values, our principles are important with respect to caring for people who are in distress.

It is being debated publicly at home and does not belong within international fora at this moment in time. It's inappropriate.

This is not the right time. We think it's ill-advised.

Given where things are going and what is happening, that is particularly important.

This is not the right time ... they don't have peace, there are issues of sovereignty that are enormously important to be resolved by the parties.

I can't predict what the new administration is absolutely going to do with the trade, but I can absolutely tell you that the fundamental reasons for the TPP haven't changed. Shift in our administrations in Washington is not going to alter or fundamentally undermine the commitments of the United States to prosperity and stability and security of the Asia-Pacific. Our friendship doesn't depend on individuals or personalities.

We believe all countries in the region, whether big or small, that they all refrain from provocative acts that add to tensions or might lead to greater militarization of the area.

It's going pretty smoothly because there's not an enormous amount of it. There are some people who have been in the building for a period of time, but you know quite candidly, I think there has not been a lot of high-level exchange at this point in time.

We've been leading. People are not separating a remarkable transformation that is taking place globally from things that we are really responsible for. We didn't start the Arab Spring, we couldn't have stopped the Arab Spring. There is no way the Obama administration doing anything would have changed what was happening in those countries.

One of the greatest challenges we all face right now, not just America but every country, is that we are living in a factless political environment. Every country in the world better stop and start worrying about authoritarian populism and the absence of substance in our dialogue.

If policy is going to be made in 140 characters on Twitter and every reasonable measure of accountability is being bypassed and people don't care about it, we have a problem.

In the past – as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades – the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place. These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today.

On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past and reaffirm the Department's steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI community.

It's going to be innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders ... who will continue to create the technological advances that forever revolutionize the way we power our world. Every person in this room – indeed, every person on the planet – has an interest in making sure that transition happens as quickly as possible.

In the time I've spent in public life, one of the things I've learned is that some issues look a lot different when you're actually in office compared to when you're on the campaign trail. The truth is that climate change shouldn't be a partisan issue. It's an issue that all of us should care about, regardless of political affiliation.

We're encouraging a meeting in Astana. We hope that could produce a step forward. The fighting is continuing, it's difficult and the Assad regime seems to be playing the same card that it was playing previously. Nobody can predict what choices this administration is going to make. I don't know. I don't think you do, The question a lot of people are asking is: Do they know? We're going to have to wait and see what choices they make.

I accept the judgment of the intelligence community that this went to the highest level.

I don't think it's fair because I don't think it actually reflected the decisions that he made and it doesn't reflect the reality of what we were able to achieve.

The bottom line is, folks, the president never retracted his intent to (use force), he just got rid of the need to do it by embracing a different approach that got all the weapons out. I will acknowledge to you absolutely, I heard it all over the place. The perception hurt, yes. The perception hurt.

Those four countries that ultimately brought it to the floor did so absolutely on their own. I had no communication with those four countries in the course of that process.

What we laid out today was a very constructive, pro-Israel, pro-region, pro-Palestinian, pro-the communities' ability to try to make peace. Why are people fighting peace? What is suddenly in the air that people want to go down a road which is so obviously confrontational? For years, Republican and Democratic administrations alike have invested in two states.

It's not my job to comment on the nominees of the new president. I will respect the process. It invaded the space of our election. The releasing on a regular basis of one party's stolen e-mails had an impact. And I think that other things also had an impact.

We cannot, in good conscience, do nothing and say nothing when we see the hope of peace slipping away.

If we're serious about the two-state solution, it's time to start implementing it now, and advance the process of separation. It could make a significant difference in saving the two-state solution and in building confidence in the citizens of both sides.

If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won't ever really be at peace. The settler agenda is defining the future of Israel. And their stated purpose is clear: They believe in one state. The vote in the United Nations was about preserving the two-state solution. That's what we were standing up for.

Separate and unequal is what you would have, and nobody can explain how that works. No American administration has done more for Israel's security than Barack Obama's.

If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won't ever really be at peace. The United States did in fact vote in accordance with our values, just as previous administrations have done. The vote in the United Nations was about preserving the two-state solution. That's what we were standing up for.

Our immediate priority is to end the bloodshed and that's why reestabilishing the ceasefire is so critical.

We think we've found the path to move forward and invite the parties, President Hadi, the Houthis and the supporters of both sides to take advantage of this moment to try to come to the table and to try to frame an end.

The Assad regime is actually carrying out nothing short of a massacre. And we have witnessed indiscriminate slaughter, not accidents of war, not collateral damage, but frankly purposeful, a cynical policy of terrorizing civilians.

People need to remember that the president issued a warning. But he had to be obviously sensitive to not being viewed as interfering on behalf of a candidate or against a candidate or in a way that promoted unrealistic assessments about what was happening.

Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act does not affect in any way the scope of the sanctions relief Iran is receiving under the deal or the ability of companies to do business in Iran consistent with the JCPOA.

They have an ability to able to show a little bit of grace. And sometimes in diplomacy a little grace goes a long way.

Fighters ... don't trust that if they agreed to leave to try to save Aleppo that it will save Aleppo and they will be unharmed. The choice for many of them ... is to die in Aleppo, die in (neighbouring) Idlib, but die.

If Aleppo were to fall ... the war does not end, but in fact could create more jihadis and more people to seek revenge and prosecute their interests.

Fighters ... don't trust that if they agreed to leave to try to save Aleppo that it will save Aleppo and they will be unharmed and free to move where they are not immediately attacked. Russia and Assad have a moment where they are in a dominant position to show a little grace.

We need to come together, to make sure there is a strong Europe, a strong NATO and that the values and the interests that we all share, we are continuing to work on together.

We have not been contacted before any of these conversations. We have not been requested to provide talking points.

I do think there's a value, obviously on having at least the recommendations, whether you choose to follow them or not is a different issue, but I think it's valuable to ask people who work the desk, and have worked it for a long period of time, their input on what's the current state, is there some particular issue at the moment. I think that's valuable, and I would certainly recommend it, but, obviously, that hasn't happened in a few cases.

There will be no advance and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace.

We call for unity and calm during this transition period.

We need to be asking ourselves how much more we can accomplish.

You tell me how the economy of the United States is going to grow if 95 percent of the world's customers live in another country. But we're going to start knee-jerkingly just closing off some of that because we're blaming other people?

No one, no one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris.

We are going to work to protect vulnerable refugees around the world, and we'll share that responsibility with our friends in the regions that are most affected by this challenge.

After 52 years of war, no peace agreement can satisfy everyone in every detail. But this agreement constitutes an important step forward on Colombia's path to a just and durable peace. The United States, in coordination with the Government of Colombia, will continue to support full implementation of the final peace agreement.

Now the world's scientific community has concluded that climate change is happening beyond any doubt. And the evidence is there for everybody to see.

So we will wait to see how the next administration addresses this.

I think that when independent the Scots could apply and probably get in pretty quickly through the door marked accession.

During that period, if a country were to decide actually we don't want to leave after all, everybody would be very cross about it being a waste of time. They might try to extract a political price but legally they couldn't insist that you leave.

As an American citizen and former nominee of the party, there is a lot I'd like to say about what is going on, but I can't and I am just going to remain out of this.

The agreement "will safeguard one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet – home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, and fish.

The Ross Sea region MPA will safeguard one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet – home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds and fish.

The agreement "will safeguard one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet - home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, and fish.

What is most important is to continuously demonstrate our capability and deterrence with our commitment and actions so that Pyongyang can feel the panic under their skins.

There should be no doubt that the United States would do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves and to honor the security commitments that we have made to allies, including the Republic of Korea.

We reiterate the Special Envoy's request to allow 'free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies.

When a great power is involved in a fight like this, as Russia has chosen to be by going there and then putting its missiles in place in order to threaten people against military action, it raises the stakes of confrontation.

Now, some people ask what happens to Aleppo if it were to fall.

It's easy to say, Where's the action?' But what is the action? I have a lot of people who have a lot of trouble defining that.

Let me make it clear. President Obama has not taken any options off the table at this point in time. So we'll see where we are in the next few days in the context of the discussions we're having.

But I haven't seen a big appetite in Europe of people to go to war. I don't see the parliaments of European countries ready to declare war. I don't see a lot of countries deciding that that's the better solution here.

It will give us the opportunity to reduce the warming of the planet by an entire half a degree centigrade.

It is a crisis now of enormous proportions with an increasing economic, increasing humanitarian and health crisis, and obviously the military components are troubling to everybody.

This is the time to implement a ceasefire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table.

I will maybe have more to say on that tomorrow (Sunday) in London but it remains a top priority for us to try to end the violence.

Their names are not being released at this point in time, but we were very pleased with that and we continue to work on other hostage situations here and elsewhere.

Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities, and children and women.

It is another significant step in the global movement to take ambitious action to address climate change exemplified by yesterday's action to cross the threshold for the Paris Agreement to enter into force.

Year by year our shared effort, one of the largest international coalitions ever assembled, and maintained over a sustained period in time, is in fact yielding encouraging dividends.

In return for keeping these commitments, Hekmatyar's group will be able to emerge from the shadows to rejoin Afghan society.

The Taliban and their allies cannot wait us out ... We will not abandon our Afghan friends.

Their goal of ridding Afghanistan of external forces will not occur by ... the continued insurgency, it will come though peace.

There are several countries that actually can help come together, and I urge Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Iran to think about the special role that they could play in this region in order to make a major difference ... in reaching peace with the Taliban.

This a model for what might be possible ... I think the message from every person here would be to the Taliban, take note.

There is a path toward an honorable end to the conflict that the Taliban have waged. It is a conflict they cannot and will not be won on the battlefield. A political settlement negotiated with the Afghan government is the only way to end the fighting, ensure lasting stability and achieve a full drawdown ultimately of international military forces, which is their goal.

It still remains for Russia and the regime to permit that and guarantee it.

We are not giving up on the Syrian people. We are not abandoning the pursuit of peace.

Any further American effort to arm rebels or join the fight could backfire.

We're trying to pursue the diplomacy, and I understand it's frustrating. You have nobody more frustrated than we are.

I think you're looking at three people, four people in the administration who have all argued for use of force, and I lost the argument.

We are on the verge of suspending the discussion because it is irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place, to be sitting there trying to take things seriously.

The burden remains on Russia to stop this assault and allow humanitarian access to Aleppo and other areas in need.

The U.S. is preparing to "suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria," including talks on a possible counter-extremist partnership, unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo and restore" a cease-fire.

We clearly are ready to review and make judgments as the facts come in. We don't want to leave people on the list if they don't belong.

The Assad regime's statements are almost meaningless at this point in time.

So we will have to see whether or not anything can develop in the next days that indicates a different approach from the Russians and from the regime. I don't think the opposition is going to be particularly excited about having a negotiation when they're being bombed and starved.

While they're pounding Aleppo, dropping indiscriminate bombs, killing women and children, talk of a unity government is pretty complicated.

Russia needs to set an example, not a precedent – an unacceptable precedent, I might add, for the entire world.

I think we'll know very quickly. ... We're deeply invested in success. We don't want to leave people on a list, if they don't belong on a list.

We clearly are prepared to review and make judgments about that as the facts come in.

The weakest hand of all would be to have another round of migrants going into Europe, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin do whatever he wants by dropping bombs and the United States doing nothing but pretending we're sending some support to people. That is the weakest hand, and it is far stronger to stand up and find a way to leverage getting to the table and getting some kind of an understanding.

In this business of diplomacy, you have to test things sometimes. It is a mistake to delude yourself. It is also a mistake to avoid putting something to test where there is a reasonable chance something may be able to happen.

We can't go out to the world and say we have an agreement when we don't.

Absent a major gesture like this, we don't believe there is a point to making more promises or issuing more plans or announcing something that can't be reached.

I met with the (Russian) foreign minister, we exchanged some ideas and we had a little bit of progress. We're evaluating some mutual ideas in a constructive way.

We can't be the only ones trying to hold this door open. Russia and the regime must do their part or this will have no chance. The question now is whether there remains any real chance of moving forward, because it's clear we cannot continue on the same path any longer.

If the Russians come back to us with constructive proposals we will listen. Make no mistake, the United States will continue to pursue every avenue of progress that we can because it is the only way to stop the killing, it is the only way to ease the suffering and it's the only way to make possible the restoration of a united Syria.

I emphasize this to Russia. The United States continues to believe there is a way forward that, although rocky and difficult and uncertain, can provide the most viable path out of the carnage.

This attack has dealt a very heavy blow to our efforts to bring peace to Syria and it raises a profound doubt about whether Russia and the Assad regime can or will live up to the obligations that they agreed to in Geneva.

We are going to continue to work. We are going to meet again Friday on some specific steps.

Well, the Syrians do not – didn't make the deal. The Russians made the agreement. So we need to see what the Russians say. But the point – the important thing is the Russians need to control Assad, who evidently is indiscriminately bombing, including of humanitarian convoys. So let's wait and see and collect the facts. We need to see where we are, and then we'll make a judgment. But we don't have all the facts at this point.

We have not had seven days of calm and of delivery of humanitarian goods.

We just began today to see real movement of humanitarian goods, and let's see where we are. We're happy to have a conversation with them.

It would be good if they didn't talk first to the press but if they talked to the people who are actually negotiating this. As I said yesterday, (it's) time to end the grandstanding and time to do the real work of delivering on the humanitarian goods that are necessary for access.

It's a last chance to be able to hold Syria together. If you fail to get a cessation in place now and we cannot get to the table, then the fighting is going to increase significantly.

Well, the president of the United States is ready and I think the military therefore will be ready.

Nobody's asking people to abrogate our standards, but it is important for us to keep our part of the bargain.

The dynamic of Assad hammering them and Russia hammering them is going to drive them into the hands of Nusra and ISIL, And you'll have a greater degree of radicalization of increased intensity.

It is important – a very important part of this equation – that access to humanitarian goods take place.

It's excellent but I certainly have no confidence in the regime. It could bomb at any moment.

If groups within the legitimate opposition want to retain their legitimacy they need to distance themselves in every way possible from Nusra (Front) and Daesh (ISIL). And we expect that Russia will ensure that the Syrian government will adhere to all of its requirements about its air activities and about the access for humanitarian deliveries.

If the plan is implemented in good faith, if the stakeholders do the things that are available for them to do and they're being called on to do, this can be a moment where the multilateral efforts at the diplomatic table, the negotiations, could take hold and you can really provide the people of Syria with the transition.

It is based on a way of providing oversight, and compliance, through mutual interest and other things. If this arrangement holds, then we will see a significant reduction in violence across Syria.

We have made overture after overture to the dictator of North Korea.

We are announcing an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking, but it is dependent on people's choices. It has the ability to stick, provided the regime and the opposition both meet their obligations, which we ? and we expect other supporting countries ? will strongly encourage them to do.

The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe that Russia, and my colleague, have the capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and to come to the table and make peace.

If Aleppo continues to be torn apart, the prospects for Syria and its people are grim.

And we expect that Russia will ensure that the Syrian government will adhere to all of its requirements about its air activities and about the access for humanitarian deliverance.

I want to emphasize: These measures can only be implemented effectively if all the parties live up to their obligations.

The Obama administration, the United States, is going the extra mile here because we believe that Russia, and my colleague (Lavrov), have the ability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and to come to the table and make peace.

That should put an end to the barrel bombs, and an end to the indiscriminate bombing, and it has the potential to change the nature of the conflict.

Not indiscriminately, but in a strategic, precise and judicious manner so they cannot continue to use the regime's indiscriminate bombing to rally people to their hateful crimes.

This requires halting all attacks, including aerial bombardments, and any attempts to gain additional territory at the expense of the parties to the cessation. It requires unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all of the besieged and hard-to-reach areas including Aleppo.

Going after Nusra is not a concession to anybody.

Everybody shares concerns" about the situation on the Korean peninsula.

China, Russia, the United States, everybody shares concerns, we are trying still to monitor, to find out precisely what took place at the appropriate moment today and […] we will certainly be discussing this in the context of the United Nations, I am sure.

It changed the entire dynamic of the last five days. We saw the polls freeze and then we saw them drop a point, because all the security moms, it agitated people over 9/11.

It is essential for the Paris Agreement to enter into force as quickly as possible.

I don't know how you got here, by boat or amphibious vehicle, but I salute you.

Democracy, still provides the most resilient and reliable platform we have for preventing and responding to violent extremism ... to defeat terrorists, we must uphold, not betray, the democratic principles we cherish and they abhor. Bangladesh cannot truly meet the aspirations of its people and share prosperity if its workers are not safe and their rights are not ensured.

We don't want to have a deal for the sake of a deal. We want to have something done that is effective and that works for the people of Syria, that makes the region more stable and secure, and that brings us to the table here in Geneva to find a political solution.

We need to move forward with the deployment of a regional protection force.

The leaders of South Sudan have to live up to their responsibilities. They have to put the interest of their citizens first and they have to refrain from violent and provocative acts. And the time has come to replace confrontation and impunity with reconciliation and accountability.

It is possible that something could be agreed at, upon before the end of the month, but I can't tell you whether it is likely I wouldn't express optimism, I would express hope. I will say this, this has to end, this Syrian travesty. It has gone on far too long, it has cost many too many lives.

We're going to test this very carefully based not on trust, based on specific steps. So far, it is showing a modicum of promise which, hopefully, we can complete.

This administration like every single administration, Republican and Democrat alike, since 1949, remains fully committed to the NATO alliance and to our security commitments.

To eliminate Daesh from Iraq permanently, the government of Baghdad has got to be viewed as responsive to the needs of the people in all parts of the country.

I spoke to Foreign Minister Lavrov again today.

We stand squarely on the side of the elected leadership in Turkey. But we also firmly urge the government of Turkey to maintain calm and stability throughout the country.

Obviously, Nato has a requirement with respect to democracy and Nato will indeed measure very carefully what is happening.

We have agreed to steps that if implemented in good faith can address two serious problems I have just described about the cessation.

He had called Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to express his government's "absolute support for Turkey's democratically-elected, civilian government and democratic institutions.

I'll have comments, going to Moscow, meeting with President Putin tonight; we'll have plenty of time to talk about it and I'll give you all a sense of where we are.

These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of crimes and those who commit these crimes should be held accountable for these actions. This is a targeted strategy to terrorise civilians and to kill anybody who gets in the way of their military objectives.

The president, very clearly, he was talking about TTIP and the fact that we have 28, now 27, countries we have to negotiate with, or now potentially 27 countries that we have to negotiate with, to get that done.

Yes, you can bomb an airport. You can blow yourselves up. We have to get it right 24-7-365. They have to get it right for only one hour. ... If you're desperate and you're willing to give your life, then you can do some harm.

Officials are still trying to figure out who attacked the Ataturk airport in Istanbul and what exactly happened. This is daily fare and that's why I say the first challenge we need to face is countering non-state, violent actors.

We are obviously pleased in the administration. This is a step we wanted to see happen.

There are steps Europe needs to take to respond to the expression of voters and the concerns of people in other countries.

Although hard work remains to be done, the finish line is approaching and nearer now than it has ever been.

I'm not allowed under our law to get into, actually full-throatedly, into the middle of the campaign.

There is no mistaking that we are contributing to climate change, we human beings have choices that can undo the damage. There is profound change throughout the Arctic.

This is gigantic transformation taking place. You can see it with the naked eye, as you see where the ice has retreated from just in the last 15, 20 years, where the marks are still left.

There is profound change throughout the Arctic region.

I think it's an important statement, and I respect the process very, very much.

The killing was "an assault on everyone who cares about and has faith in democracy.

It's stunning. The power of nature and the importance of our respecting it.

If we move more rapidly to the various other clean energies that already exist, we hope to be able to meet what we need to preserve a level of temperature increase that's supportable, survivable. We'll get there hopefully.

It's stunning. This is the center of change within the center of change.

But, the fact is, it represents the best – and possibly the last – chance to save a united Syria.

This is a beautiful and democratic country in a challenging neighbourhood at a testing time. And so I arrive here with a message from President Obama… the United States firmly supports Georgia's sovereignty, security, prosperity and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

So we have to work on intellectual property. We have to work on transparency and accountability, we have to work on certainty and the rules of the road. certainty was critical for business.

We have taken no position on any of the claims. The only position we have taken is, let's not resolve this by unilateral action. Let's resolve this by rule of law, by negotiation, by diplomacy.

We're just starting, let's get into the conversations.

We have had longstanding conversations with Pakistan and Afghanistan about this objective with respect to Mullah Mansour, and both countries' leaders were notified of the air strike. Mullah Mansour, as I said a moment ago, has been actively involved in planning attacks in Kabul, across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and to the coalition forces that are there.

Peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort. He also was directly opposed to peace negotiations and to the reconciliation process. It is time for Afghans to stop fighting and to start building a real future together.

This action sends a clear message to the world that we will continue to stand with our Afghan partners as they look to build a more stable, united, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. The United States has long maintained that an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned reconciliation process is the shortest way to achieve peace and peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort and to bringing an end to the violence.

It really shouldn't be complicated. It's clearly defined, and when people have a question, we are available to answer those questions.

Banks in Europe are allowed to open accounts for Iran; banks in Europe are allowed to do business; banks in Europe can fund programs, lend money. That's absolutely open for business as long as it's not a designated entity. Period. Very simple.

None of us, no one, can be remotely satisfied with the situation in Syria. It is deeply disturbing and we are all concerned about the levels of violence that broke out in recent days, challenging the cessation. Russia has worked closely with the United States to upgrade our ability, which now has a 24-hour basis in Geneva, with high-level people working consistently.

We have now had a request come to us and obviously (it has) to be discussed and go through the process with respect to the U.N. It's a delicate balance, but all of us here are supportive of the fact that if you have a legitimate government and the legitimate government is struggling against terrorism, that legitimate government should not be made the prisoner, or should not be victimized, by virtue of the U.N. action.

The international community will support the (Libyan) Presidency Council as it seeks exemption from the UN arms embargo to acquire those weapons and bullets needed to fight Da'esh (ISIL) and other terrorist groups.

I just don't believe that a new president, regardless, is going to suddenly say, Let's go have a war in the Middle East and give up the restraint on a nuclear weapon.

It's just not as complicated as some people think. That's absolutely open for business as long as it's not a designated entity, period. Very simple.

We will continue, as we have before, to pursue a meaningful, sustainable, enforceable cessation of hostilities throughout the country – and that includes the grounding of Syrian and Russian combat aircraft in designated areas. And Russia knows exactly what it needs to do.

But again, the proof will be in the eating of the pudding.

Since then, we've seen an overall decrease in the violence in those areas, even though there are some reports of continued fighting in some locations, which does not surprise us because it only went into effect one minute after midnight and we have to communicate and we are working at that process of communication.

We are talking directly with the Russian, even now, the hope is that we can make some progress. But the United Nations Security Council Resolution calls for a full country, countrywide cessation and also for all of the country to be accessible for humanitarian assistance. Obviously that hasn't happened and isn't happening.

The final version of the new law contains certain improvements from the original draft. It also creates a highly uncertain and potentially hostile environment for foreign non-profit, non-governmental organizations and their Chinese partners that will no doubt discourage activities and initiatives.

The most important thing for Hillary, in the end, is to follow her own instincts on this one.

The United States "looks forward to formally joining this agreement this year.

We all know it's not going to happen overnight. We have to get there.

War must be the last resort – never the first choice.

My visit to Hiroshima has very special meaning about the strength of the relationship and the journey we have travelled together since the difficult time of the war.

Today the United States and Russia are announcing a plan which (…) if implemented, if followed, has the ability to provide a turning point, a moment of change.

The Syrian regime and Russia seemed to have rejected diplomacy in furtherance of trying to pursue a military victory over the broken bodies, bombed-out hospitals and traumatised children of a long-suffering land. People who are serious about making peace behave differently from the way Russia has chosen to behave.

Democracy requires credible institutions. Even more than that, it requires a willingness of people … from different political and ethnic and geographic factions to be able to come together and work for a common good.

Daesh is getting weaker by the day and the coalition strategy of supporting Iraqis with equipment, with training and airstrikes, is working. The fact is, in Iraq, Daesh fighters have not been on the offensive in months. They are losing ground including 40 percent of territory that they once controlled in Iraq.

Bahrain is a critical security partner of the United States.

The key right now is whether Assad is capable of negotiating in good faith, and we have to put that to the test.

We are taking all possible steps to reduce the detainee population at Guantanamo and to close the detention facility in a responsible manner that protects our national security.

We will not be intimidated. We will not be deterred, and we will come back with greater resolve, with greater strength and we will not rest until we have eliminated your (ISIL's) nihilistic beliefs and cowardice from the face of this Earth.

U.S. officials "obviously also have some ideas about this and how we can most effectively make progress in Geneva and begin the very serious and difficult work of the transition.

There was a hope that his meetings in Moscow could "further find and chart the road ahead so that we can bring this conflict in Syria to a close as fast as possible.

For the first time, I can tell you that we were able to break the impasse, maybe in the form and a little bit in substance.

Naming these crimes is important, but what is essential is to stop them.

We're very confident we've done an enormous amount. The fact is that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians. Yazidis because they are Yazidis. Shi'ites because they are Shi'ites.

Daesh is genocidal by self proclamation, by ideology and by actions. We must recognize what Daesh is doing to its victims. Naming these crimes is important but what is essential is to stop them.

It's important now for those who support President Assad to make sure that he is living up to this agreement. And therefore, as a result that they are living up to this agreement too.

So President Putin, who is invested in supporting Assad, with an enormous commitment - and it has made a difference obviously on the battlefield - should be somewhat concerned about the fact that President Assad sent his foreign minister out yesterday to try and act as a spoiler, to take off the table something that President Putin and Iran had committed to. This is a moment of truth, a moment where all of us have to be responsible.

There's not any one country or one person who can resolve this. This is going to require the global community, it will require international support.

We're talking about any number of different ways to try to change the situation on the ground in an effort to try to generate some confidence.

Obviously we're all looking for a way forward. The United States and myself remain deeply committed to a two state solution. It is absolutely essential.

But it may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria, if we wait much longer. So that's what's at issue here.

We have made significant progress. It has been very constructive in the last days. We both hope that this can move forward very soon.

In the conversation that we had, we have reached a provisional agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days.

There is a possibility there will be additional ground troops on the ground fighting Daesh.

What we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, in the field.

Ultimately, the end of this conflict will only come when the parties agree on a plan for a political transition. We have no illusions about how difficult that is.

We will approach this meeting in Munich with great hopes that this will be a telling moment.

The Aleppo battle makes it "much more difficult to be able to come to the table and to be able to have a serious conversation.

This morning in light of what is at stake in these talks, I appeal to both sides to make the most of this moment, to seize the opportunity for serious negotiations, to negotiate in good faith with the goal of making concrete measurable progress in the days immediately ahead.

We call on the parties in Geneva to take the first urgent step and not to miss that chance this moment presents.

The bloodshed will drag on without negotiations. That will ensure an increased number of terrorists.

It is a threat the United States must take extremely seriously.

The United States will do what is necessary to protect people in our country and our friends and allies in the world.

Whether or not he achieved the explosion of a hydrogen weapon is not what makes the difference. It's that he's trying, that he wants to do that and made the attempt.

Despite disagreements over who should attend, an "understanding" had been reached on how to begin the talks.

The supreme leader went to the extraordinary length of actually apologizing yesterday. That is very significant and I hope people will recognize that in today's context, measured against where we've been, that's a huge step.

That's proximity talk. We don't want to waste time. We have to get into the talk of creating this unity transitional government which the Iranians have proposed, the Russians have accepted, and everybody has signed on to in the context of Geneva and Vienna twice, and the U.N. Security Council resolution.

Today marks the first day of a safer world. This evening, we are really reminded once again of diplomacy's power to tackle significant challenges.

The United States is lifting nuclearrelated sanctions on Iran, a step that he says will expand the horizon of opportunity for the Iranian people.

The agreement, reached last July, is a reminder "once again of diplomacy's power to tackle significant challenges.

These acts of terror are not going to intimidate nation-states from protecting their citizens. There is nothing in any act of terror that offers anything but death and destruction. And so we stand together, all of us, united in our efforts to eliminate those who choose terror.

We can make this into what will be a good story for both of us.

I think we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago, and the fact that today this kind of issue can be resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong.

We also continue to explore additional options, including for those who may be at imminent risk of harm.

This removal of all this enriched material out of Iran is a significant step toward Iran meeting its commitment to have no more than 300 kg of low-enriched uranium by Implementation Day.

The shipment included the removal of all of Iran's nuclear material enriched to 20 percent that was not already in the form of fabricated fuel plates for the Tehran Research Reactor.

The US and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change as it is known in Syria. What we've said is that we don't believe that Assad himself has the ability to be able to lead the future Syria.

We can not only resolve the problem of refugees but frankly do the most to encourage the prosperity and the stability of this region and to be able to bring in a greater security to the citizens of this country and others. We are going to do everything in our power to push that over the course of the next several weeks.

I am here at the request of President Obama to see what we can do to try to help contribute to calm and to restore people's confidence in the ability of a two-state solution to still be viable, to be achieved at some point.

We began our fight against al-Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few years before we were able to eliminate Osama bin Laden – and the top leadership – and neutralise them as an effective force. We hope to do Daesh much faster than that.

People are coming from all over the world attracted to Daesh or al-Nusra or whatever, but mostly Daesh, because of the fight against Assad. And that fight will continue. And the best way to solve this problem is for Bashar al-Assad to recognise that he could save his country by being part of this transition and allow all of the countries in the region to to defeat Daesh. That is the game plan.

But the situation is such that he has become the magnet for the foreign fighters.

None of us expected today to walk in and have one side or other say to the other, Hey, Assad is not an issue anymore' or 'Assad is going to do this or tha.

I would characterise that conversation as one that gave me a cautious measure of optimism that there may be … a way to defuse the situation and begin to find a way forward.

If parties want to try, and I believe they do, want to move to a de-escalation, there are a set of choices that are available.

It's absolutely critical to end all incitement and all violence and to find a road forward to build the possibility, which is not there today, for a larger process.

You have this violence because there's frustration that is growing and a frustration among Israelis who don't see any movement.

Over the weekend I was in touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, and we're working on trying to calm things down.

If they are there to fight ISIL and only ISIL, that's one possibility, and it's something that we'll obviously talk about in New York in the next few days. But if they are there to shore up Assad and to certainly provide Assad with the continued sense he doesn't have to negotiate, then I think it's a problem.

There's such a fascination with Cuba because 1959, face it, African-Americans, Latino-Americans couldn't vote, had no basic human rights, almost all of Latin America was under occupation. Africa, down to South Africa was under some form of occupation or colonialism and all of those nations found hope in Cuba's survival.

So we've come full circle now to affirm the America-Cuban relationship and it's a good thing.

We don't need a GPS to realise that the road of estrangement is not the right one. It's time to move in a different direction.

It is not going to change overnight. We have not even been there to raise our flag yet. I think that as we begin the process compared to the 54 years of what has been going on, which is no progress, we will begin to see a transformation taking place.

Progress on human rights and the rule of law will provide the foundation for a deeper and more sustainable strategy and strategic partnership between the United States and Vietnam. Only you can decide the pace and direction of the process of building this partnership. But there are basic principles we will defend: No one should be punished for speaking their mind so long as they are peaceful.

I made clear our belief that the claimants to some of these reefs, islands, to some of these areas, should all of them, every one of them, take concrete steps in order to try to lower the tensions by refraining from further land reclamation, militarisation and construction projects.

They are forever under enormous constraints here, with respect to inspections and accountability. They have to provide accountability for all the nuclear research and development activities not involving nuclear material, manufacturing and production of sensitive technology, centrifuges, rotor components, construction of parcels usable for plutonium separation, uranium mines, concentration plants, nuclear waste, all kinds of things.

At this time, there is no discussion and no intention on our part at this moment to alter the existing lease treaty or other arrangements with respect to the naval station, but we understand that Cuba has strong feelings about it. And I can't tell you what the future will bring, but for the moment that is not part of the discussion on our side.

That includes the sizeable reduction of Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium and the number of centrifuges that it operates.

(It was a) very good meeting, very positive. I think we're getting to some real decisions so I will say – because we have a few tough things to do – I remain hopeful. Hopeful.

Over the past few days we have, in fact, made genuine progress, but I want to be absolutely clear with everybody. We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues.

We believe very strongly that the United States and China should be working together to develop and implement a shared understanding of appropriate state behaviour in cyberspace. And I'm pleased to say that China agreed that we must work together to complete a code of conduct regarding cyber activities.

We are united firmly in our determination to stand up against any threats from the DPRK (North Korea), which obviously with its recent behaviour has indicated even greater unwillingness to be reasonable and come to the table to talk about de-nuclearisation.

I urged China through Foreign Minister Wang to take actions that will join everybody in helping to reduce tensions and increase the prospect of a diplomatic solution.

Russia has engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I've seen since the very height of the Cold War. And they have been persisting in their misrepresentations – lies – whatever you want to call them.

We will have several days between today's announcement and the actual start of the ceasefire.

Looming large is the challenge of finishing the negotiation with Iran over the course of the next two and a half months. Yesterday (April 14), there was a compromise reached in Washington regarding congressional input. We are confident about our ability for the president to negotiate an agreement and to do so, with the ability to make the world safer.

I can't tell you whether or not we can get a deal, whether we are close.

As far as we're concerned, Congress has no ability to change an executive agreement.

The purpose of these negotiations is not just to get a deal, it is to get the right deal.

We know that no-one has presented a more viable, lasting alternative for how your actually prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. So folks, simply demanding that Iran capitulate is not a plan, and nor would any of our P5+1 partners support us in that position.

Israel is safer today with the added time we have given and the stoppage of the Iranian nuclear programme than they were before we got that agreement, which, by the way the prime minister (Netanyahu) opposed.

Our task is encourage the most credible leaders and spokespersons to penetrate the barrier of terrorist lies and to do so over and over and over again.

We want a diplomatic solution but we cannot close our eyes to tanks that are crossing the border from Russia and coming into Ukraine. We can't close our eyes to Russian fighters in unmarked uniforms crossing the border and leading individual companies of so-called separatists in battle.

It is not an Iraqi problem. Daesh is a global problem and it demands a coordinated, comprehensive and enduring global response.

Together, we will persevere and we will triumph. What the extremists, thugs and terrorists don't understand, what they can't understand, is that valour and decency will never yield to intimidation and terror, never.

I agree with the French imam of who said today that the murdered journalists are martyrs to freedom. The killers proclaimed today that Charlie Hebdo died. Be sure of one thing. They are wrong. Today, tomorrow, in Paris, in France and across the world the power of free speech will win the fight against deliberately preventing the facts becoming known.

There are a lot of combined factors, but the sanctions were clearly intended to invite President Putin to make a different set of choices.

I know the debates over who should do what and how hard fought and how complex. And if it weren't hard this would have been solved a while ago. But the fact is we simply don't have time to sit around going back and forth about whose responsibility it is to act. Pretty simple folks: it's everyone's responsibility.

Too many Israelis have died, too many Palestinians have died, and we have to do everything possible to prevent the loss of more innocent lives and smother the sparks of an immediate tension.

Since the September 5th, Minsk ceasefire agreement, Russia has funnelled several hundred pieces of military equipment and material including tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy artillery pieces directly to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

This kind of act which is a pure result of incitement of calls for days of rage of just irresponsibility is unacceptable. So the Palestinian leadership must condemn this and they must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language from other people's language and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path.

I call upon the Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms. This violence has no place anywhere.

In our judgement, any efforts to hold independence referenda in Luhansk and Donetsk at this time would be a violation of the Minsk agreements, and the results will not be recognised by Ukraine or by the international community.

No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons.

There is literally no place for their barbarity in the modern world. This is a fight that the Iraqi people must win, but it's also a fight that the rest of the world needs to win with them. And it's a fight that the United States and the rest of the world need to support every single step of the way.

Overcoming the obstacle of ethnic and sectarian divides, the Iraqi parliament approved a new and inclusive government, one that has the potential to unite all of Iraq's diverse communities, for a strong Iraq, a united Iraq and to give those communities the chance to build the future that all Iraqis desire and deserve.

It is a lull of opportunity – a moment for the sides, the different factions to be able to come together with the State of Israel, in an effort to try to address ways to find a sustainable ceasefire and then obviously, ultimately, over a longer period of time, address the underlying issues.

The site has to be cordoned off. The evidence has to be preserved and Russia needs to use its considerable influence among separatists in order to be able to help ensure this basic approach of common decency.

A lot of the violence is around the embassy and not on the embassy, but nevertheless it presents a very real risk to our personnel, so we are suspending our current diplomatic activities at the embassy – not closing the embassy.

At this moment we are working toward a brief seven days of peace. Seven days of a humanitarian ceasefire in honour of Eid. In order to be able to bring people together to try to work to create a more durable, sustainable ceasefire for the long run.

We still have terminology in the context of the framework to work through, but we are confident that we have a fundamental framework can, and will, ultimately work.

This is a moment of truth for Russia. Some of the leaders of the separatists are Russian. Russia arms these separatists, Russia trains these separatists. So I think that this is a fundamental moment of truth for Russia, for Mr Putin, they need to exert all of the influence that they have in order to protect the full integrity of this investigation.

There has been tangible progress on key issues. And we had extensive conversations, in which we moved on certain things. There are also very real gaps on other key issues. We have made it crystal clear that the 19,000 [centrifuges] that are currently part of their programme is too many.

We ask the electoral commissions, and especially the complaints commission, to inspect and recount the votes from 7,100 polling stations. This includes over three million ballots for both candidates across the country.

Both candidates have committed to participate in and abide by the results of the largest and most comprehensive audit. Every single ballot that was cast will be audited.

The results that were announced on Monday are preliminary, they are neither authoritative nor final. And no one should be stating a victory at this point in time.

The loss of intellectual property through cyber has a chilling effect on innovation and investment, incidents of cyber theft have harmed our businesses and threatened our nation's competitiveness.

In recent days the security cooperation between the forces here, in the Kurdish area, have been really critical in helping to draw a line in respect to ISIL.

The support will be intense and sustained and if Iraq's leaders take the necessary steps to bring the country together, it will be effective. It will allow Iraqi security forces to confront ISIL more effectively and in a way that respects Iraq's sovereignty while also respecting America's and the region's vital interests.

The process he, (al-Sisi), has put in place, the re-evaluation of human rights legislation, a re-evaluation of the judicial process, are very much on his mind. He's only been in office for 10 days, but he indicated to me that we should work closely.

We are open to discussions if there's something constructive that can be contributed by Iran, if Iran is prepared to do something that is going to respect the integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and the ability of the government to reform.

So why now? Because thousands of years after rape was written into the lexicon of warfare, we know that it is time to write it out and to banish sexual violence to the dark ages and the history books where it belongs.

Together we are unified in in saying that Assad's staged elections are a farce.

We are also very concerned about the efforts of pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk to organise a frankly contrived and bogus independence referendum on May 11. We flatly reject this illegal effort to further divide Ukraine.

Ambassador Vieira, thank you very much, sir, thank you for reminding us of the dominance of Brazil a few minutes ago. As if we needed to be reminded… We grew up with nothing but a healthy respect for the magic of the way you guys play.

No one should be fooled and believe me, no one is fooled, by what could potentially be a contrived context for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea.

We hope President Putin will recognise that none of what we're saying is meant as a threat, it's not personal, it's meant as a matter of respect for the international, multi-lateral structure that we have lived by since World War II, and for the standards of behaviour about annexation, about secession, about independence and how countries come about it.

Neither we or the international community will recognise the result of this referendum.

We urge the Russian Federation to pull back its military forces deployed in Crimea to barracks and to start real talks and negotiations.

Annexing Crimea would close any available space for diplomacy.

All parties agreed today that it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue.

I'm pleased to say that this package includes an immediate one billion dollars in a loan guarantee to support Ukraine's recovery and we are currently working with the Treasury department of the United States and with others to lay out a broader more comprehensive plan.

The vast majority of Ukrainians want to live freely in a safe and prosperous country. And they are fighting for the right to associate with partners who help them realise their aspirations.

There is an issue here and there, there are bumps on the road, but we have a combined vision and understanding of the set of values that bring us together and have for decades now.

We really need to deal with reality. Mutual consent – which is what has brought us here – for a transition government means that that government can not be formed with someone who is objected to by one side or another. That means that Bashar al-Assad will not be part of that transition government. There is no way, no way possible in the imagination, that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern.

We see only one option, a negotiated transition government formed by mutual consent… That means that Bashar al-Assad will not be part of that transition government.

And the steps that were taken (…) are anti-democratic. They're wrong. They are taking from the people of Ukraine their choice and their opportunity for the future.

The steps that were taken yesterday are anti-democratic, they're wrong, they are taking from the people of Ukraine their choice and their opportunity for the future.

We do so knowing [that] the Geneva peace conference is not the end, but rather the beginning. The launch of a process – a process that is the best opportunity for the opposition to achieve the goals of the Syrian people and the revolution – and a political solution to this terrible conflict that has taken many, many, too many lives.

On the eve of the Syrian opposition coalition's general assembly meeting tomorrow, to decide whether to participate in Geneva in the peace conference, the United States for these reasons urges a positive vote.

The negotiations will be very difficult but they are the best chance we have to be able to resolve the critical national security issue peacefully and durably. We are very clear about what will be required in order to be able to guarantee to the international community that this is a peaceful programme.

Political differences need to be resolved by peaceful and democratic means, those that have been hard fought for. The government should respect the rule of law and the people of South Sudan should be able to realise their full potential in peace.

We are not approaching this with any particular view towards China, except to say when China makes a unilateral move we will state our position.

What we are involved in are normal processes in order to raise their maritime protection capacity.

We urge the Ukrainian government to listen to the voices of its people who want to live in freedom and in opportunity and prosperity. We urge all sides to conduct themselves peacefully. Violence has no place in a modern European state.

The main elements of this relief would hold Iran's oil sales steady and permit it to repatriate 4.2 billion dollars from those sales, and that would otherwise be destined for an overseas account restricted by our sanctions.

And I want to make it extremely clear that at no time did the Palestinians in any way agree as a matter of going back to the talks that they somehow condone or accept the settlements.

I'm concerned about their progress because I see the Palestinians continuing with incitement, continuing to create artificial crises, continuing to avoid and run away from the historic decisions that are needed to make a genuine peace.

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership is separate and different from any other issue that people may have on their mind. It is about jobs, it's about the economy, it's about economic competition in a global community that competes, sometimes by rules that are very questionable and shaky.

We support you in this tremendous transformation that you're undergoing. We know it's difficult. We want to help. We're prepared to do so.

Our job as the eleven states who form the chore group of the friends of Syria is to do everything in our power to help the opposition be able to come together with a strong unified position and a representative body at Geneva so that they can negotiate effectively.

We believe that President Assad has lost the legitimacy necessary to be able to be a cohesive force that could bring people together and that there has to be a new governing entity in Syria in order to permit the possibility of peace.

He is a legal and an appropriate target for the US military under the authorisation of the use of the military force passed in September of 2001.

The world will be better off, the Middle East will be better off, Iran will be better off, Israel will be better off, if there is a way to achieve a verified certainty to the elimination of a nuclear programme for weapons purposes in Iran – and the president (Obama) has made it clear that Iran can have a peaceful nuclear programme.

The United States and Russia have long agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. It has to be political, it has to happen at the negotiating table.

We are working hard to find the common ground to be able to make that happen, and we discussed some of the homework that we both need to do.

President Obama is deeply committed to a negotiated solution with respect to Syria. And we know that Russia is likewise. We are working hard to find a common ground to be able to make that happen.

In light of what has happened, the world wonders and watches closely whether or not the Assad regime will live up to its public commitments that it has made to give up their chemical weapons, and whether two of the world's most powerful nations can together take a critical step forward in order to hold the regime to its stated promises.

If we choose to live in a world where a thug and a murderer like Bashar al-Assad can gas thousands of his own people with impunity, even after the United States and our allies said 'no', and then the world does nothing about it, there will be no end to the test of our resolve.

This can't be a process of delay, this can't be a process of avoidance that has to be real, has to be measurable, has to be tangible and it is exceedingly difficult, I want to everybody here to know, to fulfil those conditions. But we're waiting for that proposal, but we're not waiting for long.

Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week – turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it) but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done.

The United Kingdom will continue to work closely with the United States taking a highly-active role and addressing the Syria crisis and working with our closest ally over the coming weeks and months.

We cannot remain indifferent in the face of this massacre. We cannot let a dictator use with impunity the most appalling weapons that exist. We must bring about – as the minister (Fabius) said – a targeted and limited response, but no less clear and efficient.

A very important recent development is that in the last 24 hours we have learned through samples that were provided to the United States that have now been tested from first responders in east Damascus and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin.

The Syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the UN investigation, using it only to stall and to stymie the important effort to bring to light what happened in Damascus in the dead of night.

What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. By any standard, it is inexcusable and – despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured – it is undeniable.

The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself and that conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering. This is about the large scale indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilised world long ago decided must never be used at all – a conviction shared even by countries that agree on little else.

Today's events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion and genuine democracy. Egyptians inside and outside the government need to take a step back, they need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life.

Make no mistake: in light of substantial electoral irregularities reported by domestic and regional observers, the United States does not believe that the results announced … represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people.

Israel needs to look hard at this initiative, which promises Israel peace with 22 Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations – a total of 57 nations that are standing and waiting for the possibility of making peace with Israel.

We have a strong interest in the manner in which the disputes of the South China Sea are addressed and in the conduct of the parties. We very much hope to see progress soon on a substantive Code of Conduct in order to ensure stability in this vital region.

We would hope that as a nation, as a sovereign nation, Russia would not see its interests in siding with a person who is accused of breaking the law in another nation and who is a fugitive from justice according to international standards of law.

There is something different that happened today, because of the chemical weapons that have been used, and because of this tension for violence, which has been expressed through the use of Hezbollah and Iranian trans-boundary support. Because of that increase in violence, we have decided that we have no choice, in order to try and carry out this negotiation, but to provide greater assistance of one nature or another.

It is not helpful to have a lot of other ammunition and other supplies overtly going on, not just from the Russians and they are supplying that kind of thing, but also from the Iranians and Hezbollah.

The foreign minister will work with us, as they have, to try to bring all the parties to the table so that we can effect a transition government by mutual consent of both sides, which clearly means that in our judgement President Assad will not be a component of that transitional government.

We are delighted to be here to have a continuing trilateral discussion with respect to the security and other issues regarding the relationships in the region as well as the road forward heading towards 2014.

The information that I have at this point does not confirm it to me in a way that I would be comfortable commenting on it as a fact, but obviously whatever allegations are made have to be thoroughly investigated and it is appropriate to chase this one down and find out what's going on, no question about it.

That was a courageous decision made by the prime minister of Israel, to move forward in that relationship, and I believe that Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Davutoglu are deeply committed to fulfilling all the obligations of that understanding.

Let me just make it clear, I have no desire as Secretary of State, and the President has no desire to do the same horse trade or go down the old road.

We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power. The rhetoric that we are hearing from North Korea is simply unacceptable by any standard.

We will defend our allies, we will stand with South Korea, Japan and others against these threats and we will defend ourselves. And Kim Jong-un needs to understand, which I think he probably does, what the outcome of the conflict would be.

We have heard an extraordinary amount of unacceptable rhetoric from the North Korean government in the last days, so let me be perfectly clear today. The United States will defend and protect ourselves and our treaty ally the Republic of Korea.

What Kim Jong Un has been choosing to do is provocative, it is dangerous, reckless, and the United States will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear state.

I made it very clear to the Prime Minister that the overflights from Iran are, in fact, helping to sustain President Assad and his regime.

Everything I do will be focused on the security and safety of our people.

An exceptional nation demands exceptional leadership, demands the leadership of an exceptional president, and, my fellow Americans, that president is Barack Obama.

My plea is that we can summon across party lines an economic patriotism which recognises that American strength and prospects abroad depend on American strength and results at home.

Iran continues, I say this to the Iranians and I hope they will listen, they have continually professed the peacefulness of their program.

It is not hard to prove a peaceful program. Other nations have done that and do it every day.

(We had the opportunity to prove) that we were ready to show the way forward and even as we did so to make America a safe haven for investment and for money.

All of the world is waiting for this country to find the path and to see the nation that they know and love. The country that lifts people up, not bullies. The country that understands how to lead by its moral strength and by its reasoning, not by ideological rigidity and by misleading.

This is the choice. This is the moment of accountability for America and it is the moment where the world is watching what you are going to do.

It is wrong to tell scientists that they can't cross the frontiers of new knowledge. It is wrong morally and it is wrong economically and when I am president, we will change this policy and we will lead the world in stem cell research.

He (Bush) claims that Iraq is the centrepiece of the war on terrorism. In fact, Iraq was a profound diversion from that war, and the battle against the enemy.

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