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world lead

February 5th, 2014
01:19 PM ET

Kerry: Syria’s Assad's position is improved, 'but he's still not winning'

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry made a rare admission that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gained ground.

"It's fair to say that Assad has improved his position a little bit, yes,” Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper. “But he's still not winning. This is a stalemate.”
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February 5th, 2014
12:02 PM ET

John Kerry a no on 2016: This is my last stop

For more of our exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET.

Washington (CNN) – While his predecessor Hillary Clinton and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden may be contemplating another run at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is out for 2016.

"I'm out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Kerry was the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, losing in a close race to President George W. Bush.

"I'm going to serve the country in the extraordinarily privileged position the President has given me, the great challenges that I have, and move on," said Kerry.

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