Kerry says Iran can have peaceful nuclear program after meeting requirements

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Iran can have a peaceful nuclear program after it meets the requirements of the international community.

Kerry made the remarks on Thursday during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When asked if Iran would be allowed to enrich like Brazil and South Africa when it comes clean about its illicit activities, Kerry said the U.S. has made it clear what Iran needs to do to meet international obligations.

"Well, obviously the question of enrichment is at the center of the negotiations themselves, and I'm not about to negotiate here in Kuala Lumpur today in answer to your question," Kerry said. "But we have made it clear to Iran that they can have a peaceful nuclear program as they meet the requirements of the international community as expressed in the additional protocols and in the resolutions that have been passed by the U.N. Security Council."

Kerry said the U.S. and Iran conducted private discussions on the matter and has a negotiation coming up soon. He said continued negotiations would be private.

"Iran knows what it needs to do in order to be able to have a peaceful program, and we're prepared to negotiate a resolution and believe, as President Obama has said many times, that a negotiated, peaceful resolution is by far his preference," Kerry said. "So we will negotiate, but we're not going to negotiate publicly in the next days."