- Title: Kerry confident U.S. will remain committed to NATO under Trump administration
- Date: 6th December 2016
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF NATO HEADQUARTERS LIGHTS FLASHING ON CHRISTMAS TREE OUTSIDE NATO HEADQUARTERS
- Embargoed: 21st December 2016 20:39
- Keywords: EU NATO Kerry Secretary of State Foreign Minister U.S.
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Reuters ID: LVA0025BR0BBB
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Brussels on Tuesday (December 6) that he was confident his country would remain committed to NATO after President-elect Donald Trump's administration takes over in 2017.
Speaking at the end of a first day of NATO meetings, Kerry said the new U.S. administration might decide to reduce its contribution to the military alliance but would remain committed to it.
"I am quite confident that they will remain committed to the fundamental core components of the Transatlantic Alliance and America's partnership with NATO and with the EU. I have no doubt about that. Now, whether there is a twist about pressure on funding or how they begin to engage, that's going to be their choice and I am not going to second guess it now in a blank," Kerry said.
Kerry also sought to reassure his NATO and EU Allies on future U.S. policies towards the nuclear deal with Iran and climate change, while urging Russia to continue peace negotiations on the Syria conflict.
"What I know we avoided when we came together and passed that agreement was we avoided an immediate conflict in the absence of an agreement so I'm convinced the world is safer and I think the Trump administration will come to that conclusion," Kerry said on Iran.
On Syria, he said: "My hope is that this week in our continued conversation with the Russians we get them to understand the imperative of getting to that table, having the negotiation, and of not inflaming passions more with the total destruction of Aleppo. So that's where we are. We'll see what happens."
Kerry also gave his views on climate change after recent comments from Trump.
"I understand the anxiety (among NATO members over new Trump administration) but let's not get all turned up over things that have not happened and appointments that have not been made. My hope is that facts and science and common sense and our mutual interests are going to be well thought-through," Kerry said.
The comment came after Trump called global warming a hoax and has promised to quit the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on November 4 and was strongly supported by the outgoing President, Barack Obama.
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