Kerry: Iran must join international community if it wants nuclear program

Iran must join the international community and meet the standards of proving it has a peaceful nuclear program not in pursuit of nuclear weapons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Kerry made the remarks on Friday in Washington after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Kerry and Westerwelle both responded to comments about a nuclear Iran. Kerry said Iran must follow the lead of other nuclear countries by proving without a doubt that it has a peaceful nuclear program.

"The (U.S.) and others, including Russia and China and the global community, have already spoken that it is unacceptable for Iran to unilaterally or in any other way to have a nuclear weapon," Kerry said. "So this remains, regrettably, a point of serious contention and of potential danger. And we asked the Iranians - they can have - everybody has said they can have a peaceful nuclear program - peaceful nuclear program. Other nations prove easily that their programs, where they have them, are peaceful. All Iran has to do is join the international community, meet the standards of the international community, and change life for Iranians and for everybody in the region."

Kerry said the U.S. will continue to work with Germany and all of the other P5+1 partners on the solution to the Iran problem.

Westerwelle, who recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, said Germany wants to focus on the diplomatic solution with Iran, but he would not tolerate having talks just for the sake of talks.

"About Iran, I would like to answer this question, because I think it's crystal clear for all of us: Nuclear arms in the hands of the Iranian regime is not an option for the federal government of Germany, and I think for our partners worldwide," Westerwelle said. "And we want to revitalize and restart the P - the 5+1 talks. We call them in Europe E-3+3 talks. We want to give these 5+1 talks a chance. We want to focus our efforts on the political and diplomatic solution. That's absolutely obvious. But just talks for the sake of talks, that's not what we are seeking for. We want to have tangible results."