Andrea Mitchell Stops Kerry in His Tracks at Syria News Conference, Asks Unrelated Question

Following the conclusion of Secretary of State John Kerry’s news conference where he forcefully detailed the case made by the United Nations that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on civilians. Kerry was stopped dead in his tracks by Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, who managed to ask one question. Sidestepping Syria, she asked about the Iranian president who an NBC News reporter recently interviewed.

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Kerry began to walk off stage when Mitchell captured his attention. “On a related subject, let me just ask you whether you think the president might meet with [Iranian] President [Hassan] Rouhani?” Mitchell asked, referring to next week’s annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

“The White House needs to speak to that,” Kerry said.

“Is it a positive sign coming from Rouhani in these interviews – in this interview,” Mitchell followed up, referring to NBC News reporter Ann Curry’s recent dialogue with the new Iranian president.

Kerry said he thought the Iranian president’s openness was positive, but would not go any further.

Watch the clip below via CNN:

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