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Kerry says "devastating" Pakistan school attack angers the world

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 01:37

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Taliban attack on Pakistan school in which at least 130 people - most of them children - died had angered the world. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday's Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan in which at least 130 people - most of them children - died had angered the world. "The news of the brazen murder of more than 120 innocent students in Peshawar is devastating," he told reporters. "This morning, wherever you live, wherever you are, those are our children and this is the world's loss. "This act of terror angers and shakes all people of conscience ... the perpetrators must be brought to justice." Kerry also expressed support for Australians after Monday's hostage-taking in a Sydney cafe which left two innocent people dead. He says the U.S. is ready to provide any assistance needed. Kerry also said the United States had made "no determinations" about any possible U.N. Security Council resolutions on Palestinian statehood. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he had sought reassurances from Kerry that Washington would block efforts by Palestinians and Europeans to set a time frame for a Palestinian statehood. Jordan has circulated a Palestinian-drafted resolution to the 15-member council calling for Israeli occupation of Palestinian land to end by November 2016. "We've made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that," Kerry told reporters during a visit to London. "This isn't the time to detail private conversations or speculate on a U.N. Security Council resolution that hasn't even been table no matter what pronouncements are made publicly about it." He said they were mindful they had to "carefully calibrate" any steps that were taken and it was "imperative to lower the temperature" in the region to find a path for peace wanted by both Israelis and Palestinians. "The status quo is unsustainable for both parties," he said. "Right now what we are trying to is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward."

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Kerry says "devastating" Pakistan school attack angers the world

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 01:37