India should use its relationship with Iran to urge the latter to take advantage of new leadership and abide by all international obligations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
Kerry made the remarks on Monday during a joint conference with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi, India. Kerry was asked if India’s open dialogue with Iran could be used in the attempt to keep Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. He said the U.S. believed that India could positively influence Iran to meet its international commitments.
“We also believe that, hopefully, India, with its relationship, could help urge the new Iranian leadership, as well as the old leadership and the Supreme Leader, to take advantage of this moment, that they would recognize that we would call on them to urge the Iranians not to miscalculate – not to miscalculate about American and international commitment, I might add all international commitment,” Kerry said. “China, Russia, the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. itself, have all set certain requirements that need to be adhered to.”
Kerry also suggested that India help to keep Iran from putting the world in a position where countries must take action against Iran’s nuclear program.
“And we would urge Iran to prove to the world that its peaceful nuclear program, as they say it is, is, in fact, peaceful,” Kerry said. “They have been told by President Obama and other leaders that there’s no problem with having a peaceful nuclear program. But there is a problem if everybody sees that you’re doing it in a way that they have legitimate reason to believe that it isn’t, in fact, peaceful. So we would hope India would help us so that Iranians do not put the world in a position where they are forced to take additional steps with respect to Iran.”