Day Before Netanyahu's Speech, Kerry Warns Against Revealing Details of Iran Nuclear Talks

Earlier, Netanyahu aide said the PM intends to inform Congress of concessions stipulated within unfolding Iran deal.

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Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 2, 2015, in Geneva.
Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 2, 2015, in Geneva.Credit: AP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of select details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons.

In comments to reporters in Geneva on Monday, Kerry said he was concerned by reports that details of the talks would be revealed in coming days. He did not elaborate, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak in opposition to a potential Iran deal in an address to Congress on Tuesday.

Netanyahu arrived on Sunday night in Washington D.C. Speaking to reporters during an in-flight briefing, a senior official in the prime minister's entourage said Israel holds a significant amount of trustworthy information regarding the deal taking shape with Iran that points at concessions agreed to by the world powers, which run counter to Israel's interests.

The senior official travelling on the prime minister's plane noted that Netanyahu had received the impression that members of Congress are not fully aware of the details of the deal being worked out. Netanyahu, the official said, is interested in using his speech to inform members of Congress of the information Israel holds in regards the deal, and seeks to help lawmakers there stop it from going ahead.

Iran and the six world powers – the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., France and Germany – are currently holding negotiations in an attempt to reach a framework agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program by the end of March. The framework agreement will contain general guidelines for solving each of the contested issues. Technical details will be worked out ahead of a comprehensive deal by the 30th of June.

Kerry will meet later Monday in Montreux with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif for a new round of negotiations.