Kerry: U.S. is not being played by Iran
Secretary of State John Kerry at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
October 3rd, 2013
08:55 AM ET

Kerry: U.S. is not being played by Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is clear eyed about the recent rhetoric from Iran’s leaders and dismissed the perception from the Israeli government that the U.S. is being duped.

“I didn't interpret Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments as that we are being played somehow, I understood it to be a warning that don’t be played,” Kerry told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday.

At an address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “is a wolf in sheep's clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the eyes - the wool over the eyes of the international community,” and was not sincere about negotiating over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

“I can assure the Prime Minister there is nothing here that is going to be taken at face value,” Kerry said. “The president has said and I have said it is not words that will make a difference and the actions are going to have to be sufficient that not only will they not be able to get a weapon, there's no ability to suddenly break out and achieve that.”

Kerry also said the United States views was “firmly determined that Israel's security remains paramount and is the centerpiece of part of our relationship.”

Kerry spoke alongside Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Tokyo. Both men are there for meetings with their Japanese counterparts.


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  1. Mcshannon

    Iran could purchase Nuclear arms from NK this afternoon if they choose to. However they know that they would be the losers in any confrontation. I sincerely believe that they would never attack Israel and that conservative paranoia with the subject is just hype for political gain.

    October 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • smdahl

      Then why doesn't the white house end the sanctions that are killing Iranian children? Is it "worth it" this time, like Clinton's secretary of state said about the Iraq sanctions when asked on 60 minutes if the sanctions were worth killing half a million Iraqi children?

      October 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Paul

        If Iran has nothing to hide, then let inspectors in and sanctions will end.

        October 6, 2013 at 9:02 am |
      • Captain R

        Iran, U.S.: Negotiators Reportedly Close To Nuclear Deal
        November 8, 2013 | 1640 GMT
        Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that negotiations with the West over Iran's nuclear program have entered final editing of the text that will be released if an agreement is reached soon, Ynet reported Nov. 8. He added that it is possible that negotiations will take more time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Geneva that no agreement had been reached and that several important issues have yet to be settled. The apparent progress on talks is a sign that these negotiations may lead to a rapprochement between the United States and Iran.

        November 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • StanCalif

      And, Netanyahu will never attack Iran on his own! He continually begs America to do it for him.
      By the way, how are your wolves doing in the restarted talks with your neighbors, the Palestinians? Talk about "pulling the wool over the eyes of the international community"!
      Netanyahu and GWB have a lot in common, they know "for sure" what their targeted enemies are up to! Positive proof, but can't reveal it (top secret, you know).
      I agree that we should not trust Iran, we should not be so "trusting" of Israel either! We just ended a decade of bloodshed in Iraq. For what? Sure, Cheney's friends made a lot of money. All our efforts were for nothing, zero! Today Iraq is a big friend of Iran. "Mission Accomplished" (how I hate these words uttered by GWB)!

      October 4, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
  2. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    October 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  3. RC

    It is sad to be "played" but it is even worse to not recognize that you are being played.

    October 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  4. smith

    The entire MIdeast must be a nuke free zone. Bring that back and remove nukes from Israel, get them to sign the non-polif treaty, and ensure they are not at a point to breakout too just like the Iranians.

    October 3, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  5. Tom1940

    I think British PM Neville Chamberlain, under an umbrella standing by a plane in the rain in London said about the same thing – returning from a meeting with Hitler at Munich in 1939. We know how that turned out. "We have peace in our time!"

    October 3, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • smdahl

      Well, Iran is not NAZI Germany. Hitler was funded by American and Rothschild Bankers. Our Bush family scion, Prescott Bush was charged for it under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Are you saying that Rouhani is financed by American bankers and politicians? If so, then yes, we should not trust him.

      October 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  6. Jack Hollis

    This time Sec. of State John Kerry has it right. No, Iran is not playing the U.S. like these right-wing diehards want us to believe. On the other hand, Iran has it's own diehards who also don't want any thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations. Then again, there are a lot of ignorant people here blogging on this website who continue to bash the Iranians.

    October 3, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply

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