Kerry: 'Diplomatic malpractice' not to engage Iran
TOKYO (AP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday it would be "diplomatic malpractice of the worst order" not to test Iran's willingness to comply with international demands over its nuclear program.
In his first public comments since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and the West not to trust Iran in an impassioned address to the United Nations, Mr Kerry said they would not be played for "suckers" with a charm offensive from new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Mr Kerry said the U.S. would not take any Iranian offer at face value and said Iran would have to prove it is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon.
"We have an obligation," Mr Kerry told reporters in Tokyo after he and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel met with the foreign and defence ministers of Japan. "It would be diplomatic malpractice of the worst order not to examine every possibility of whether or not you can achieve that before you ask people to take military action and do what you have to do to prevent it."