Kerry says Iran anxious to reach agreement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Iran is anxious to reach an agreement to reduce the crippling economic sanctions against it.

Kerry made the remarks during an interview on Monday with Kim Ghattas of the BBC from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. When asked if Kerry's Iranian counterparts were disappointed that an agreement was not reached by the end of the P5+1 talks, Kerry said he thought Iran was anxious to reach an agreement for economic reasons.

"I think they're anxious to reach an agreement in the sense that their sanctions are very, very difficult and it's creating difficulties at home," Kerry said. "They have some priorities. I don't want to speculate about their negotiating strategy or anything; I think they have a right to define that for themselves."

Kerry said the important part of the talks was that the U.S. and other members of the P5+1 had a unity about how Iran must proceed. He said Iran must contemplate the plan and evaluate it. Kerry reiterated that the involved countries are proceeding with negotiations to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons and threatening the region.

"Our teams need to continue to work, and hopefully the world will be served," Kerry said. "I mean, this is not something we're doing because it's nice. This is something we're doing because the world wants to know that we're not going to have another country with nuclear weapons, that they're not going to threaten the region."