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Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final "crunch time" on Syria – in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward "Plan B" and new military moves.Kerry presses on, doggedly and, some critics would say, unrealistically.From the beginning, Kerry has hoped that Russia will decide that its interests are best served by a political transition in Syria. Kerry conceded that "ripeness" is crucial in negotiations.Although Kerry wouldn't discuss specific military options in Syria, he did offer some broad outlines.Kerry pointed to the roster of other diplomacy that's overshadowed by the Syria conflict: from North Korea to Ukraine, from Cuba to the South China Sea.
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