Netanyahu seeks to corner Kerry on Iran during seven-hour meeting

He went on to say that lifting sanctions on Iran would be a “tragic mistake.”

Kerry reiterated that a “bad deal” with Iran would be worse than “no deal.” He did not get into the level of detail offered by Netanyahu, however.

“President Obama has made it very clear he will pursue a diplomatic initiative, but with eyes wide open, aware that it will be vital for Iran to live up to the standards that other nations that have nuclear programs live up to as they prove that those programs are indeed peaceful,” Kerry said. “If this can be solved satisfactorily, diplomatically, it is clearly better for everyone. And we are looking for an opportunity to be able to do that.”

The United States and five other nations are scheduled to hold another round of talks with Iran in Geneva on Nov. 7 and 8. Iran earlier this month offered to reduce its uranium enrichment and its number of centrifuges as part of newly elected President Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic outreach to the west.

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