Tehran, March 24, IRNA — US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the hope that Tehran and Washington could soon resolve their differences, and said he respects the fatwa of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on nuclear issues.
“I show a lot of respect for this fatwa as it is a religious message and is highly respected by people,” Kerry said in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA).
He noted that he and US President Barack Obama welcome such a fatwa.
Kerry said his sister used to teach in Iran before Islamic Revolution.
The US secretary of state said he was already exposed to Iranian culture through his sister who used to live and teach in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Kerry also admired his son-in-law who is of Iranian origin.
This is the first time ever the US state secretary publicly talks about Iranian origin of his son-in-law and his sisterˈs experience in Iran.
Kerry expressed hope that Iran and the United States could solve their differences and find a settlement to the dispute over Tehranˈs nuclear activities.
He said that Iran is entitled to pursue its nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but he went on to say that such a program needs to be transparent and under international regulations as it is normal for nuclear programs of other countries.
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