Iran hopes John Kerry will help revise U.S. foreign policy
Tehran Times – TEHRAN – Iran has expressed hope that John Kerry, the new U.S. secretary of state, would help revise Washington’s hostile policy toward the Islamic Republic.
“We hope that he (John Kerry), given his personal characteristics, will be able to at least help revise part of the U.S. government’s approaches and anti-Iran policies and will help reduce the loss of lives and financial losses inflicted on regional nations and the people of the United States caused by the U.S. foreign policy,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the Persian service of the Fars News Agency on Friday.
Iran expects to see positive changes in U.S. foreign policy in practice, Salehi added.
According to Reuters, Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the Senate on Tuesday as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.
Kerry has repeatedly said that his policy on Iran’s nuclear program “is not containment. It is prevention.”
Western countries fear Iran intends to use the program to produce atomic weapons. Iran denies this, saying its program is solely for peaceful purposes such as generating electricity and producing medical isotopes.