April 7 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says world powers are still open to talks with Iran over the country's controversial nuclear programme. Andrew Raven reports
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the world's major powers still want a diplomatic solution to the long-running dispute with Iran over its nuclear programme. But Kerry warned on Sunday that talks could not drag on forever. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "This is not something where you can play to the clock. You can't just delay and talk for the sake of talking." His message came a day after talks between Iran and six other countries failed to break a deadlock. Western powers suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusation. During a visit to Istanbul, Kerry said the onus was on Tehran to show its nuclear programme was for civilian purposes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "If you have a peaceful programme for nuclear power, as a number of nations do, it is not hard to prove to the world that it is peaceful." Despite tensions between Iran and the West, Kerry said U.S. President Barack Obama was committed to the the diplomatic process.