Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it would be “unacceptable" for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and the US would continue to pursue a peaceful resolution. But Iran must understand “that the clock is ticking,” noting that Israel, which sees Iran as a threat to its existence, has not ruled out a unilateral military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Every month that goes by gets more dangerous. “The reality is that Israel will do what it needs to do to defend itself," said Kerry at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
He also urged Russia not to provide Bashar Assad’s regime with an advanced air defense system that he said could prolong Syria’s war, was “totally wrong” and could “put US ally Israel at a security risk.”
Shortly after the Secretary spoke, the administration unveiled new sanctions against companies in the Gulf, Cyprus and elsewhere for helping blacklisted Iranian firms evade sanctions.