Iran snubs Syria peace talks after Kerry suggests it could play a role "from the sidelines"

Iran’s government has rejected a U.S. offer to participate in the upcoming Syrian summit in Switzerland. Reuters reports that the move is a snub to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion earlier this week that Tehran could play a constructive role “from the sidelines.”…

According to Reuters, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that in order to participate in Switzerland Iran would effectively have to endorse the terms agreed during the “Geneva I” conference in 2012. These include creating a transitional government in Syria without Assad.

During a statement broadcast on Iranian state television on Monday, Tehran appeared to bristle at the proposal.