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Kerry: Diplomacy Can Still Avert Iran Crisis

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BOSTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry says the U.S. and Israel should try to reach consensus on when Iran’s nuclear program might reach the point of becoming a major threat.

Kerry, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, told a gathering of business leaders in Boston on Monday that he still believes diplomacy can avert a military confrontation with Iran. The Massachusetts Democrat spoke as President Barack Obama was meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has stressed that Israel will decide on its own whether to use military power to prevent Iran from developing nuclear capabilities.

Kerry acknowledged the U.S. and Israel differ on when Iran might cross the threshold of becoming a nuclear threat and said the two countries should “coordinate” on that point.

But he added the U.S. was firm in its belief Iran “cannot have a nuclear weapon.” For more on President Obama’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, click HERE.

– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press with contribution by CBS Local

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