"There is no reason to fear reducing to lower levels and reducing the capacity for other nations to feel that they have to join the crowd. Obviously, we are now facing a test of that, two tests. In North Korea and in Iran and we are engaged as the president has charged me to be and has welcomed an opportunity to try to put to test whether or not Iran really desires to pursue only a peaceful program and will submit to the standards of the international community in the effort to prove that to the world." he said.
"Some have suggested that somehow there's something wrong with even putting that to the test. I suggest that the idea that the United States of America is a responsible nation to all of human kind would not explore that possibility would be the height of irresponsibility, and dangerous in itself and we will not succumb to those fear tactics and forces that suggest otherwise." He added.
John Kerry says: "And I will say that it is not words alone as we call on North Korea to comply with its international obligations. We need to move forward, we need to see how North Korea will respond. How can you excuse a state, a rogue state that spends its scarce resources on missiles designed to kill rather than investments that makes its citizens lives better?"
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday (October 28) addressed the importance of decreasing the global threat of nuclear weapons through continued diplomatic efforts.
Kerry called on North Korea and Iran to comply to international nuclear nonproliferation guidelines. Kerry said "Our eyes are wide open, the actions must be real, they must be fully verifiable, they must get the job done and no words can replace those actions, and we have made it crystal clear." and I will repeat again, no deal is better than a bad deal because a bad deal can actually wind up creating greater danger. So we will do what is necessary here, but it is important for everybody to remember that in a world with fewer nuclear weapons, every nation can actually be stronger, not weaker. Everybody can actually be safer and more secure because of the regimen that you set up in order to guarantee that."
Iran, Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany will meet November 7-8 in Geneva, after a round of talks there earlier this month.
"In North Korea and in Iran and we are engaged as the president has charged me to be and has welcomed an opportunity to try to put to test whether or not Iran really desires to pursue only a peaceful program and will submit to the standards of the international community." Kerry said in a speech to the Ploughshares Gala at the U.S. institute of Peace in Washington.